Railways serve tea with ‘main bhi chowkidar’ slogan cup; Allegations of misuse of authority on BJP

New Delhi : Lok Sabha elections is just around the corner and political parties are leaving no stone unturned to be in news. However, now Indian Railways found itself caught on the wrong side of the model code of conduct yet again when passengers on Friday (March 29) reported that tea was being served in paper cups with “main bhi chowkidar” (‘I’m also watchman’) written on them.

The image went viral on social media when a passenger on Kathgodam Shatabdi express tweeted about it. Railways said it has withdrawn the cup and penalised the contractor.

It has been claimed that tea was served in these cups twice. The advertisement on the cup was by Sankalp Foundation, an NGO.


This issue comes days after the Railways was found in violation of the poll code for issuing tickets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures on them. Later, the railways said that it was an “unintentional and inadvertent mistake”.

“Reports that tea has been served in cups labelled as “main bhi chowkidar” have been investigated. This was without any prior approval of IRCTC. Explanation has been sought from supervisor/pantry in-charges over dereliction of duty.

“A fine of Rs 1 lakh has been imposed on the service provider. A showcause notice has also been served to the service provider for this misconduct,” an IRCTC spokesperson said.