On Monday, the Congress influenced the Election Commission (EC) against BJP claiming that the ruling party has “misused” Doordarshan by broadcasting certain speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that it has used “Namo Channel” as a tool for political promotion.
Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the two senior political leaders of Congress made a representation to the Election Commission requesting to take immediate steps against chief electoral of Jharkhand and relevant authorities. They demanded their immediate dismissal or transfer.
“We have made three representations to the EC. The first representation is that there are some officials (in Jharkhand) that have charges of bribery and undue influence against them,” Mr. Sibal said.
“The other two representations are related to the misuse of Doordarshan by the BJP in broadcasting certain speeches made by the prime minister and the use of a particular channel which has come up in which the logo is ”Namo”, and under the Representation of People Act and the guidelines of the EC there cannot be campaigning in this fashion,” he added.
In the memorandum submitted by the Congress to the EC, it has been mentioned that the channel named “Content TV”, which has been launched on various DTH platforms, is used only to promote the PM Modi and his party and advertises the achievements of the government.
The EC was requested by the Congress for urgently directions to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharti (DD news), and further passing of strictures or censures against Modi and the BJP for “using government-owned news channels as a tool to promote and advertise their election campaign”.
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