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EC seeks details of Namo TV from I&B Ministry

EC seeks details of Namo TV from I&B Ministry

New Delhi: The Election Commission has sought details of Namo TV from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting after the issue was flagged by the Congress and the Aam Admi Party which wanted to know whether political parties having their own channels was violative of the model code of conduct.

The EC, among other issues, is learnt to have asked about details of the launch of the channel.

The channel, also called 'Content TV', carries the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its logo. It was launched ahead of Lok Sabha polls. It is available on various DTH and cable TV platforms.

It shows speeches of the PM and interviews of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.

The AAP had recently written to the EC complaining against Namo TV, asking the poll panel if political parties having TV channels was in adherence to the model code of conduct.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party asked the EC if the BJP had sought approval for the launch of the channel, which has Modi's photograph on its logo and runs all his speeches.

"Can permission be granted to a party to have its own TV channel even after the model code is enforced? If no permission was given by the ECI, then what action has been taken?,” the AAP said in its letter to the poll panel.

It had also asked if the BJP had approached the Media Certification Committee, established to certify content and cost of a telecast.

The Congress had also moved the poll panel over the channel, saying it was violative of the poll code and the Representation of the People Act.

The EC has also learnt to have written separately to Doordarshan for telecasting live the 'Main bhi chowkidar' programme of Modi on March 31 evening for one hour.

The Congress had written to the EC against the BJP's alleged "misuse” of Doordarshan in broadcasting certain speeches by Prime Minister Modi.

The Congress has called for a level playing field for all parties in election campaigning.

The 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' programme of the prime minister was being broadcast live on DD News and its YouTube channel, and the said programme was even being promoted on social media handles of DD News, the Congress memorandum said.

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