1. PM Narendra Modi appears on Paytm advertisement; ‘What’s the deal?’ asks, Arvind Kejriwal

PM Narendra Modi appears on Paytm advertisement; ‘What’s the deal?’ asks, Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that it was “utterly shameful” that PM Narendra Modi's picture was being used by a private firm for its advertisement. In a tweet, he said “Utterly shameful. Do people want their PM to model for private companies?

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 10, 2016 3:16 PM
The Paytm platform saw an overwhelming 435 percent increase in overall traffic within hours of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing his plans to have a corruption-free India. The Paytm platform saw an overwhelming 435 percent increase in overall traffic within hours of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing his plans to have a corruption-free India.

Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that it was “utterly shameful” that PM Narendra Modi’s picture was being used by a private firm for its advertisement. In a tweet, he said “Utterly shameful. Do people want their PM to model for private companies? “Tomorrow, if these companies do wrongdoings, who will act against them?”He also raised question on PM Modi in another tweet. He wrote, “Paytm biggest beneficiary of PM’s announcement. Next day PM appears in its ads. Whats the deal, Mr PM?”

The tweet came in the wake of full page advertisements of Paytm with Narendra Modi’s picture on them post the announcement that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will not stand as legal tender any longer. The announcement, according to the Prime Minister was made to combat the problem of black money India has long been facing. However, many people have showed concern over the decision and have claimed that the decision overlooks the situation of people who do not yet have enough documents to open a bank account. Paytm, which started as an online payment firm saw a 435% increase in overall traffic within hours of PM Modi’s announcement.

Paytm, which started as an online payment firm saw a 435% increase in overall traffic within hours of PM Modi’s announcement. His appearance on private firm’s advertisement as if he is endorsing the brand has raised eyebrows earlier as well when a Reliance Jio advertisement featured PM Narendra Modi’s picture.

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