Election Commission stops Modi biopic release till Lok Sabha polls end

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Election Commission stops Modi biopic release till Lok Sabha polls end

New Delhi : The Election Commission has stopped the release of "PM Narendra Modi", a biopic on the Prime Minister, till national elections are over. The commission said that any biopic "which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections should not be displayed in the electronic media", effectively banning the screening of the film, just a day before its release, coinciding with the start of elections.

The commission, in its statement outlining its decision, said it was vital that "the power of media is not used in such a manner which affects the general conduct" of the elections.

It also said that any complaints on this matter will be examined by a panel headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition by a Congress leader seeking to stop the release of the film, saying "too much of court time is wasted on these non-issues". The top court also said that it was for the Election Commission to decide if the film tilted the balance in favour of the ruling BJP, as alleged by the opposition Congress.

The Congress had alleged that the film's release close to the national election violated the model code of conduct. The party had earlier told the Election Commission that the film was "no artistic venture. It is a political venture".



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