Published On: Tue, Mar 26th, 2019

EC under pressure to ban Modi’s biopic until elections are over

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Environment seems not favorable for the release of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic. About half-ton retired civil servants have urged chief election commissioner to halt screenings till May 23, the date when counting of the Lok Sabha elections will take place.

The biopic is scheduled to be released on April 5 and the first phase, out of seven, of elections will be held on April 11. The seventh phase will be on May 19.

Forty-seven retired civil servants argue the biopic would create enormous electoral mileage for Modi and his BJP in power.

The letter to EC reads, “It is, therefore, necessary to examine whether the release of this biopic after the announcement of elections and the coming into force of the MCC [Model Code of Conduct] is consonant with the principles of a free and fair election.”

Modi’s biopic features Vivek Oberoi in the role of prime minister through various stages of his life, leading up to BJP’s landslide victory in 2014.

EC under pressure to ban Modi's biopic until elections are over

Congress delegation too met EC officials on Monday urging stall of the biopic’s release saying the content, timing as well as motive of it is political.

About a week ago EC was also approached by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for the same purpose. Similarly, the Goa unit of National Students’ Union of India and Nationalist Congress Party’s cultural wing asked for a ban on the movie until the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are completed.

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