Veteran Congress leader Suresh Mishra on Wednesday urged the Election Commission (EC) to stop the release of PM Narendra Modi, a biopic based on the life of the Prime Minister. The film is scheduled to be released on April 5. Also Read - Congress MP Rajeev Satav Dies of COVID-Related Complications; Tributes Pour in
In a letter to the EC, Mishra said, “The release of the film during the Lok Sabha elections is a pre-planned strategy. The BJP is violating the model code of conduct by promoting the PM’s story and trying to cash in on his reach.” Also Read - Congress Decides to Postpone Party President Election Due to Pandemic
“The world’s eyes are on India during elections. The release of the film at this time will be a mockery of our democracy,” he said. Also Read - Remarks against EC: Retrograde to Restrain HCs From Making Observations or Gag Media From Reporting Observations, Says SC
Mishra also accused Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore of misusing his position to get the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) clearance for the film and have it released during elections.
The film is being promoted through posters, banners, TV, newspapers and magazines. As per the EC rules, expenses on these should be included in the election publicity funds, he wrote in the letter.