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Delhi:

The Election Commission has given orders to stall the release of Modi biopic until the Lok Sabha elections are done with. The movie titled “PM Narendra Modi”, a biopic on the Prime Minister was scheduled for release on Thursday, which also the date when the Lok Sabha polls start. EC observed that the release of the film “disturbs the level-playing field”.

The commission clarified that any such “biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or individual connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in the electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC”.

The instruction specifically added that any complaints on this matter will be examined by a panel headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge.“Though the display materials claim to be a part of creative content, it is contended that these have propensity and potentiality to affect the level playing field which is not in consonance with the provisions of Model Code of Conduct (MCC),” the election panel said.

The film directed by Omung Kumar, starring Vivek Oberoi has been criticised by the opposition parties, who claim that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the election. Vivek Oberoi who is playing Narendra Modi has been in news for making controversial comments made at the Congress party. He asked if they are scared of the film or of Chowkidar’s danda.

The Congress approached the apex court seeking to stop the release of the film, alleging that the film’s release close to the national election violated the model code of conduct. The Supreme Court had dismissed the petition on Monday, saying “too much of court time is wasted on these non-issues”. The top court had 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.

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