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EC receives I&B Ministry reply on ‘Namo TV’

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday received the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s response to its notice related to complaints against “Namo TV”.

The EC will soon arrive at a decision on the issue after examining the reply.

It is learnt that the channel was found to be providing “value-added services” and therefore, a clearance from the Ministry was not mandatory for its launch.

In a letter to the EC, the AAP had earlier lodged a complaint urging the poll panel to ensure level playing field for all the political parties, citing various Supreme Court judgments.

“The intention behind these judicial precedents is to have equal opportunities to all political parties irrespective of money and muscle power so that all political parties can reach out to the voters. But, defying this very cardinal principle, BJP has launched a 24-hour channel Namo TV,” the party had said.

The Congress had also sought urgent directions from the Commission to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and DTH service providers for strict action against the channel and strictures against the Prime Minister and the BJP for using it as a political campaign tool when the Model Code of Conduct was in place.

The channel’s logo is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph and it is dedicated to promoting his events and achievements of his government.

Source: thehindu.com

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