India, March 6 -- The Election Commission has asked the Union health ministry to ensure that the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is removed from the Covid-19 vaccination certificates in the four states and one Union territory headed for polls, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Saying that the photos violate the model code of conduct, the EC told the health ministry that "the point of the model code of conduct is to ensure a level playing field, this goes against that as it can count as undue publicity," one of the people said. The development came days after the EC sought a response from the ministry on a complaint of Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien who said that through the certificates, the PM was "exploiti...