Delhi CEO writes to EC over Modi web series
After the biopic on Narendra Modi and NaMo TV, now the web series based on PM has come under fire from the Election Commission of India (ECI). Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh has written to the poll panel saying that a web series on Modi available on the Eros Now website was streaming without certification from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC).
This comes days after the Election Commission deferred the release of PM Narendra Modi, a biopic on the prime minister, until the end of polling. The Lok Sabha elections, which began on April 11, will be held till May 19. The results will be declared on May 23. The film was slated to be released on April 11.
In its order on April 10, the EC had said: "Any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or any individual entity 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 electronic media during the operation of MCC."
The District Election Officer (East) has also reportedly written to the Delhi CEO asking whether the web series had MCMC certification, and suggested that in the absence of certification, an FIR be lodged against Eros Now.
A senior official at the Delhi CEO's office reportedly said that they have brought to the notice of the ECI that a series on PM Narendra Modi is being screened on the Eros Now platform without MCMC certification. Since it not a Delhi specific matter, the CEO office has asked the ECI to take cognizance of the matter.
The 10-episode web series Modi: Journey of a Common Man, which went online earlier this month, is currently being streamed on Eros Now platforms. Directed by Umesh Shukla of OMG: Oh My God fame, the series features actors Faisal Khan, Ashish Sharma and Mahesh Thakur, who portray Modi at different stages of his life.