Maharashtra polls: Cong cries foul over re-run of Modi’s Madison Square event telecast

Congress complained to the EC arguing that the speech was being aired repeatedly as a BJP ad on local channels.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 13, 2014 4:10 pm
Ghulam Nabi Azad said that while Modi spoke as the country's PM at the event, the BJP was using the speech as a campaign tool. (Source: PTI) Ghulam Nabi Azad said that while Modi spoke as the country’s PM at the event, the BJP was using the speech as a campaign tool. (Source: PTI)

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) using re-runs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at Madison Square as its prime campaign tool on the final day of canvassing for Maharashtra polls, the Congress sprung up an offensive.

Accusing the BJP of misusing Modi’s speech, the Congress Monday complained to the Election Commission arguing that the speech was being aired repeatedly as a BJP ad on local channels in Maharashtra, which votes Wednesday.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha, said that while Modi spoke as the country’s Prime Minister at the event, the BJP was using the speech as a campaign tool. Some local channels had aired the half-hour speech during prime time Sunday as an advertisement. The Congress complaints came at a time when BJP had advertised the re-telecast of the same speech Monday too.

“An appeal to vote for the BJP appears along with the party’s symbol as a side bar during the telecast. The BJP had no business to put up the party symbol. This is objectionable,” he said.

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The Congress also alleged that the telecast was not branded as a sponsored one by channels. The NCP too has objected to the telecast.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Oct 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    Cry baby always crying. Want to win only by crying......When you cannot dance you blame the floor.......Cong mukth bharat
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      Piyush
      Oct 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm
      Should we also stop all functions like Nehru bday Indira last day...for there are polls in mh
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        Tarakkad
        Oct 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm
        BJP is past master to indulge such shenanigans .A desperate attempt to s up the PM's dwindling appeal.
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        1. BN Anand
          Oct 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm
          The congress seems to have turned into a cry baby symptoms. Mrs Indira hi's many speeches after Bangladesh war were often repeated in elections. Congress and the other opposition parties are now suffering from the acute illness of Modiphobia. Instead of indulging in this petty mindedness, these parties should instead reach out to voters by playing up some Rahul hi and Sonia hi speeches. One old speech of Modi will make hardly any difference to the fate of his opponents.
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          1. Kuldeep Saxena
            Oct 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm
            Good Good At least Congress is concerned on Mr. Modi's Speech at Medisan Square. Probably non from camp is in a position to compete.Your C.M had already refused to share the dais with Modi, Some of you were busy in reminding what should Modi do's/don'ts in the State Elections. Why so scared? You people remained non performers for the years just talking irrelevant.
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