The Election Commission of India (ECI) today south a response from the I&B Ministry on BJP’s 24-hour channel `NaMo TV’. The ECI was responding to the complaint given by Congress and AAP, yesterday, against NaMo TV, which is a 24-hour channel that broadcasts Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaigns. It was launched on March 31.
Along with the Ministry of I&B, the Election Commission has also written to Doordarshan asking how it ran an hour-long live broadcast of PM Modi’s public address ‘Main bhi chowkidaar’ on March 31. This channel, which is named after the Prime Minister with his picture as its logo, also streams compilations of his speeches ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress and AAP have asked the EC how this channel could be launched after the model code of conduct came into force. In a letter to the EC, AAP said the channel went against the principle of creating a level playing field for all parties. “But defying this cardinal principle BJP has launched a 24-hr channel NaMo TV,” the letter from AAP’s legal cell said.
The Congress had also written to the Election Commission and said NaMo TV, earlier called Content TV, was dedicated “solely to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and BJP for promoting and advertising the achievements of the government, personal achievements of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, political rallies of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and broadcasting interviews of prominent BJP leaders.”