The Election Commission (EC) has deferred the
release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi till the elections are
The EC has also prohibited public screening of
any biopic material which could sub-serve the interest of a political party or
candidate, while the Model Code of Conduct is in force. This has been done to
ensure level playing field.
The EC has further said that it would set up to examine
and suggest appropriate actions against movies (certified by CBFC) which
violate EC’s directives.
The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) doesn’t
explicitly prohibit screening of films based on a candidate or a political
party. Thus, the Election Commission has invoked its powers under Article 324
of the Indian Constitution to stop the release of the biopic.
Under Article 324 of the Constitution,
superintendence, direction and control of elections are bestowed upon the
Commission. It is the duty of the
Commission to take necessary measures to create a level playing field and
provide a conducive electoral environment to all the stakeholders.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had dismissed a plea
filed by an opposition party activist seeking a stay on the release of the biopic
and asked him to raise the matter before the EC. The SC observed that it was too
early to intervene as the Central Board of Film Certification had not yet
certified the film.