New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress lodged separate complaints with the Election Commission (EC) demanding suspension of ‘NaMo TV’ channel telecast, which they said was in violation of the model code of conduct in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - Vaccine, Jobs And Unemployment Allowance: High Political Drama in Bihar as Parties Wage Manifesto War Ahead of Polls
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party asked the EC if the BJP had sought approval for the launch of the channel, which has Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph on its logo and runs all his speeches. Also Read - 'Unlike UP...': Rahul Gandhi Hits Out At BJP Over 'Gandhis Don't Care' Comment
“Can permission be granted to a party to have its own TV channel even after the Model Code of Conduct is enforced? If no permission was given by the ECI, then what action has been taken?,” the AAP said in its letter to the poll panel. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Check Voting Date In Your Constituency
It also asked if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had approached the Media Certification Committee, established to certify the contents and cost of a telecast. “If not, why show-cause was not issued for the violation of the MCC,” asked the letter sent by the AAP’s legal cell.
Whereas, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesman Neelabh Shukla said, “NaMo is the abbreviation for Narendra Modi. With general elections around the corner, the BJP has started this channel which amounts to a violation of the model code of conduct. We demand that the election commission immediately stops broadcasting on the channel.”
“We want the Election Commission to stop the telecast of the television channel immediately for holding elections in free and fair manner,” Shukla said, adding that the Congress has written to the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
Meanwhile, Indore district administration has taken cognisance of certain reports in circulation on the social media about the NaMo television channel and has sought direction from the Election Commission.
Returning Officer and district Collector Lokesh Kumar Jatav said, “According to reports that have appeared in some WhatsApp groups, political content in favour of a party is appearing on a channel. We have informed the EC about it. Appropriate steps will be taken on directions of the EC.”
With PTI inputs