In a couple of setbacks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Election Commission yesterday disallowed the screening of a biopic on him till the completion of Lok Sabha elections and sought the certification of the content of NaMo TV.
The EC's order on the biopic said. “That 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 Model Code of Conduct is in operation."
The BJP put up a brave front over the issue. Its member Vivek Reddy said, “I don't think it is a setback for the government. I don't think the Election Commission found any illegality in the law. It was just showing the achievements of the government and the Prime Minister. It was a positive information initiative.”
As expected, the Congress was gleeful. Its leader Sanjay Jha said, “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."
The Delhi Chief Electoral office had approved the logo of NaMo TV, which the BJP said is a part of NaMo app owned by it, but did not "certify" the content since it contained Modi’s old speeches.