The National Students’ Union of India – Goa, the Congress party’s student wing, has written to the Election Commission of India objecting to the proposed release of a biopic on prime minister Narendra Modi on the grounds that the movie was “propaganda by the BJP to influence” voters during the Lok Sabha elections.
State NSUI president Ahraz Mulla has urged ECI to ban the movie in the theatres of states 48 hours prior to voting which is known as election silence where a party is not allowed to promote or campaign.
“Ban the movie in theatres in states during the election silence period that is two days prior to the day of voting,” said Mulla. “We also demand a ban on the movie in the Lok Sabha constituency where the prime minister would be contesting.”
The code of conduct came into effect from March 10 across the state with elections to be held in seven phases beginning from April 11, while the results are to be announced on May 23.
The biopic on India’s incumbent prime minister has been directed by Omung Kumar and features Boman Irani and Vivek Oberoi and is expected to release on April 12, a date which coincides with the start of the voting process.