Election Commission bans release of PM Narendra Modi biopic ahead of Lok Sabha elections

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The Election Commission of India (EC) has banned the screening of PM Narendra Modi biopic ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

Election Commission bans release of PM Narendra Modi biopic

The ECI decision to ban the screening of PM Narendra Modi comes a day before its release. The film was supposed to be released on April 11 after earlier delays.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) said in a statement, “Any biopic material in nature of biography sub-serving the purpose of any political entity or any individual entity connected to it, which has potential to disturb level playing field during the election, should not be displayed in electronic media, including cinematography.”

Election Commission bans release of PM Narendra Modi biopic

The Congress last month had moved the Election Commission to stall the release of the biopic on the grounds that it is a politically-motivated film aimed at getting extra mileage for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier, there was a plea in the Supreme Court to postpone the release date but the court rejected the plea and said that the Election Commission will decide whether the movie should be released amidst elections or not.

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Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are scheduled to be held in seven phases. The first phase of polling will be held on April 11 and the last phase of voting will be conducted on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.