BJP's schemes being promoted in serials: Congress

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09 Apr 2019

Congress seeks ban on TV serials promoting BJP's schemes

Maharashtra Congress has taken strong objection to two channels for airing serials focusing on schemes of Centre, at a time when Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in place for the upcoming polls.

The party approached the Election Commission on Monday and sought a ban on these channels.

Subsequently, the top-polling body ordered a probe into the complaint.

Here's what went down.

Serials

Two shows came under Congress' scanner

Two shows came under Congress' scanner

Congress has raised its voice against Zee TV and &TV which air Tujhse Hai Raabta and Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai respectively.

In one of the episodes of the latter show, the pivotal character Manmohan Tiwari reprimanded his friends for not caring about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tiwari said he revived cleanliness in the country.

Separately, Angoori Bhabhi explained Ujjwala scheme to her husband

In yet another episode of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, Tiwari's wife Angoori told him about Centre's Ujjwala scheme. She told him LPG gas cylinders reached millions of houses in rural areas, courtesy this scheme.

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In second serial, women discussed Mudra scheme

During the April 2 episode of Tujhse Hai Raabta, the character Kalyani told Savita about the Mudra scheme.

Kalyani explained to Savita the scheme is meant to boost middle and small business enterprises. She went as far as saying that this seemed impossible earlier, but a lot has changed in the last five years.

Notably, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant shared the clip.

BJP indulging in dirty politics, tweeted Sawant

Complaint

Have submitted clip to EC: Sawant

Have submitted clip to EC: Sawant

Talking about the same, Sawant said BJP was relying on serials having high TRPs to insert its schemes.

"We have submitted the clips of these serials in which the actors are seen indirectly campaigning for the ruling party and we feel the methodology fits the definition of paid news," Sawant said.

He likened BJP's actions to Mahabharata's Kauravas and Ramayana's Ravana.

BJP's stand

Meanwhile, BJP leader accused Congress of politicizing the issue

Additional CEO Dilip Shinde confirmed that EC has received a complaint. He said an FIR could also be filed.

"The probe will also ascertain if the content of the serials were with the knowledge of the party or added unilaterally," Shinde added.

Meanwhile, Keshav Upadhye, spokesperson of BJP in Maharashtra, said Congress was "politicizing the issue".

He said EC will take the right decision.

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Which two serials came under EC's scanner?

Asked 2019-04-09 11:18:47 by Charvi Chauhan

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The serials which have been flagged as problematic are Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain and Tujhse Hai Raabta. They are aired on &TV and Zee TV respectively.

What did these serials show?

Asked 2019-04-09 11:18:47 by Paridhi Singhal

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In Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain, the characters discussed Swach Bharata Abhiyaan and Ujjwala scheme. Separately two female characters spoke about Mudra scheme in Tujhse Hai Raabta.

What did Election Commission say on the issue?

Asked 2019-04-09 11:18:47 by Cheshta Tambe

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Election Commission said it has received a complaint and ordered a probe. The body didn't rule out the possibility of filing an FIR.

What did BJP say?

Asked 2019-04-09 11:18:47 by Shaurya Jindal

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BJP said Congress was politicizing the issue and claimed EC will take the right decision.

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