Congress appeals to EC to ban PM Narendra Modi biopic during Lok Sabha elections 2019


Vivek Oberoi starrer Narendra Modi biopic is under fire from the National Students’ Union of India-Goa. The organization is the Indian National Congress Party’s student wing. On Friday, it urged the Election Commission to ban the release of Narendra Modi biopic alleging that the film was “propaganda by the BJP to influence” voters during the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. The organization has demanded a ban on the film 48 hours prior to when voting starts which is known as election silence where a party has to cease promotions and campaigns.

The president of Goa NSUI wrote in a letter, “The NSUI Goa writes to you demanding: ban of the movie in theatres in states during the 'election silence' period that is two days prior to the day of voting and ban of the movie in the Lok Sabha Constituency where the Prime Minister would be contesting.”

Vivek Oberoi and PM Narendra Modi

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The letter further added, “The NSUI Goa strongly believes that a movie on the BJP Prime Minister, who has failed miserably, is nothing but a propaganda by the BJP to influence the public during the model code of conduct without including the expenditure incurred for the movie in the election expenditure of Narendra Modi who will be contesting as a Member of Parliament.”

Goa is one of the first states where the elections will be taking place at the start. The code of conduct came into effect from March 10 across Goa with elections starting from April 11 and will be held in seven phases. The results of the mandate will be announced on May 23. The biopic PM Narendra Modi is directed by Omung Kumar and also stars Boman Irani in a pivotal role. It is expected to release on April 12 which coincides with the start of the General Elections.