New Delhi: Days after the Congress party filed a complaint against the web series ‘Modi: Journey of a Common Man’, the Election Commission of India (ECI) asked the producers of the biopic to stop its online streaming. Also Read - Poll Panel Seeks Report on TMC's Complaint About PM's Pic on COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
Stating that no biopic material can be screened which can disturb the level-playing field during the Lok Sabha elections, the poll panel also ordered the removal of all content from the web platform. Also Read - Code of Conduct: EC Asks Petrol Pumps to Remove Hoardings With PM Modi's Photos Within 72 Hours
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“Any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political party or any individual entity connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in electronic media including cinematography during the operation of MCC,” the EC order to the producers of the web series read.
It added,”You are hereby directed to stop forthwith the online streaming and remove all connected content of the web series ‘Modi: Journey of a Common Man’ till further orders. A compliance report may also be sent immediately.”
The web series ‘Modi: Journey of a Common Man’ narrates the story of the Narendra Modi’s life from his childhood to the time he became the Prime Minister of India. Though Eros Now aired its first episode on April 3 before the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, the EC asked the producers to remove the remaining five episodes from digital platform.
On April 13, the Congress party had approached the EC stating that the web series is a tool to “influence the viewers and voters” in the Lok Sabha polls.