New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday asked Eros Now to stop online streaming of a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi till further orders. Also Read - Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea Challenging PM Modi's Election From Varanasi LS Seat
“It was brought to our notice that a web series ‘Modi-Journey of a Common Man’, having 5 episodes is available on your platform. You’re directed to stop forthwith the online streaming and remove all connected content of the series till further orders,” the poll panel told Eros Now, reported news agency ANI. (Full coverage of Lok Sabha Election) Also Read - Anti-Modi Tweets by Arvind Kejriwal Vanished Post Lok Sabha Elections 2019
Citing its April 10 order banning PM Narendra Modi biopic screening during Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the poll panel placed a similar bar on the web series titled ‘Modi – Journey of a Common Man’. Also Read - Indian viewers spend 70 mins daily on video streaming platforms: KPMG
“In view of the admitted facts and material available on record, this web series being an original web series on Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister and a political leader and a prospective candidate in the current general elections to the Lok Sabha, cannot be exhibited,” said the poll panel, as per PTI.
Last Wednesday, the EC had banned the screening of PM Narendra Modi biopic during the current poll period, saying any such film that subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media.
Acting on complaints by political parties, including the Congress, the poll panel had asserted that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level playing field should not be displayed in areas where Model Code of Conduct was in force.
The PM Narendra Modi biopic has been directed by Omung Kumar and stars Vivek Oberoi in the lead role.
The seven-phased Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are ongoing across the country. The first phase and second phase voting for the same was held on April 11 and 18, respectively. The last and final phase of polling will be conducted on May 19. The counting of votes is scheduled for May 23.