The Election Commission has issued a notice
seeking a report from Information & Broadcasting on NaMo TV. The channel, NaMo
TV was launched on 31st March, nearly two weeks after the Model Code
of Conduct came into effect.
The channel carries the picture of Prime Minister
Modi as its logo. It broadcasts election rallies, speeches of the Prime
Minister and interviews of BJP leaders. The opposition parties have alleged
that the channel violates the model code of conduct and has asked the EC to direct
I&B ministry to suspend it.
Opposition parties have also sought
clarification from EC whether permission to own a party channel can be granted
even after the Model Code of Conduct is enforced.
The oppositions parties in their complaint
report have mentioned that NaMo TV is not listed in I&B ministry’s ‘Permitted
Private Satellite TV Channels’. Therefore, it is either being broadcast as a
“government-sponsored channel” or lacks official clearance from the
Issue of advertisement at the cost of public
money in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media
during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and
publicity regarding achievements amounts to violation of MCC
Model code of Conduct (MCC) are the guidelines
issued by the Election Commission of India for conduct of political parties and
candidates during elections.
The MCC comes into force immediately on the
announcement of the election schedule by the commission. The Code remains in
force till the end of the electoral process. The MCC came into force on March
10, 2019 after the announcement of election schedule by the Election