The Election Commission on Saturday directed digital entertainment platform Eros Now to stop forthwith the online streaming of a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi titled “Modi – Journey of a Common Man” and remove all connected content of the series till further orders.
The EC said it was brought to the poll body’s notice that a web series on PM Modi having five episodes was available on the platform.
“…In view of the admitted facts and material available on record, this web series being an original web series on Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister and a political leader and a prospective candidate in the current general elections to the Lok Sabha, cannot be exhibited,” the Election Commission said in a letter to Eros Now, as stated in a report by NDTV.
“On viewing the trailer of the web series, it is apparent that the said web series showcases the different phases of life of PM Shri Narendra Modi, from childhood to becoming a national leader,” the EC said. “That any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or any individual connected to it… which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed…” the order said.
This comes days after the Election Commission banned the screening of Vivek Oberoi starrer “PM Narendra Modi” biopic during the election period when the Model Code of Conduct is in force. Acknowledging that film could affect the level playing field for other candidates and parties, the EC order said such film that “subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual” should not be displayed in the electronic media.
After the EC decision, the film can now be released only after May 19, the last phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.