New Delhi: The Congress has moved the Election Commission (EC) to get the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi deferred till the final phase of voting in Lok Sabha elections on May 19. (Also read: ‘Will Give 20% Poorest Families Rs 72,000 Every Year if Voted to Power’) Also Read - Bengal May Witness 7-8 Phase Election, Full Poll Schedule Likely to be Announced in First Week of Feb
The movie, “PM Narendra Modi”, is set for a release on April 5. Also Read - PM Modi Should Have Taken COVID Vaccine Shot Like Joe Biden: Congress Leader
In its plea to the poll body, the party delegation comprising Randeep Singh Surjewala, Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has said that releasing the movie during elections would violate the model code of conduct and influence voters. Also Read - Fifth Session of Seventeenth Lok Sabha To Commence On January 29, Likely to Conclude on April 8
Later, Sibal told media, “We represented to the EC that there is a film being made on Narendra Modi, to be launched just a few days before the election. Its purpose is political. Three producers and actor belong to the BJP, the director is involved in Vibrant Gujarat. This is violative of all norms.”
For the seven-phase polls set to begin on April 11, the code of conduct came into effect on March 10 across the nation. The results will be announced on May 23.
Earlier, the party had filed a complaint with the EC against the release of the biopic. As per the complaint, the party said that the biopic would be released on April 5, just days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections commencing on April 11. “Modi’s party is seeking a second term and the timing of the release has raised questions,” it reportedly said in the complaint.
The biopic features Vivek Anand Oberoi in the title role and chronicles the events which led to the elevation of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of the country.