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Order Banning Release of Modi Biopic Also Applies to NaMo TV, Says Election Commission
Order Banning Release of Modi Biopic Also Applies to NaMo TV, Says Election Commission

The Election Commission order banning the release of any biography or any other poster or publicity material that serves the interests of a political entity also applies to Namo TV, the 24-hour channel promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP that surreptitiously landed on DTH connections ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. 

The Election Commission had earlier in the day stopped the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ till the end of the Lok Sabha election, hours after the Central Board of Film Certification green lit the film for release on Thursday, the first day of polling. 

In its order, the poll panel said there was emergent need for intervention to stop political content that disturbs the level playing field for the elections. 

While earlier the order was thought to only relate to the biopic on the PM, an Election Commission official told  that it also applies to the TV channel. 

"...Any poster or publicity material concerning any such certified content, which either depicts a candidate (including prospective) for the furtherance (or purported to further) of electoral prospect, directly or indirectly, shall not be put to display in electronic media in the area where MCC (Model Code of Conduct) is in operation," the Election Commission's order states.

The opposition, which had complained to the Election Commission against the channel, welcomed the development. "I'm glad the Election Commission has taken this stand. It was crude propaganda and a monumental shame for the country that the ruling party indulged in actions like this," Congress leader Sanjay Jha said.
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