Two shows in India have been pulled up the Election Commission for political bias ahead of the General Elections in May.
Its been reported that ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai’ on &TV and ‘Tujhse Hai Raabta’ on ZEE TV, are facing a show cause notice content praising Narendra Modi’s political schemes like Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, Ujjwala Scheme and others.
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant was cited in Mumbai Mirror saying, “These episodes featuring praise for Modi and the schemes’ advertisements were shown last week on TV. It was shocking and outrageous. How can the BJP use popular TV serials to campaign for its schemes? This is just like paid news. While watching the serial, voters are not aware that this is a campaign for the BJP government. The party has resorted to such tactics because it is worried about defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.”
A statement from the channel said, “As a responsible national television network, ZEE has always created content basis its stringent content guidelines. The mention of certain government schemes and initiatives in some of the episodes of the television shows was a creative call taken purely in the interest of the public.”
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