16 September, New Delhi
The Election Commission Wednesday said the petition of the Congress and its alliance partners in Bihar seeking a ban on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki baat’ radio programme is under examination.
”The complaint filed by the Congress and its alliance partners seeking ban on the PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat is accepted before the commission under examination.So far, no decision have been taken yet,” official spokesperson of Election Commission said.
The leaders from Congress and its alliance partners this afternoon visited the election commission and urged the EC to ban broadcast of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ till Bihar elections are over.
The Congress and the JD-U contended that the PM can use the Sunday programme on state run all India radio to unfair advantage for his party by highlighting the achievements or making the promises that could influence mandate in the upcoming Bihar Polls. Modi is the lead campaigner for BJP and its allies who is addressing large rallies in the state which starts voting next month.
A source in the election officials says the same allegation about the Modi’s radio addresses were examined during the recent elections in Delhi and Maharashtra, with the conclusion that the speeches on the state-run radio are intended for a nationwide audience.