NaMo TV is available on all major DTH platforms, and is classified as a “platform service” paid for by the BJP. Despite the silence period having kicked in, the channel was available in several states on the eve of the April 18 vote.
After the EC’s letter clarifying the same, a direction to comply with Section 126 (i)(b) of the Representation of The People Act was sent to the BJP by the office of the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
According to election officials, who did not want to be identified, NaMo TV will not be allowed to air any election publicity matter, including pre-recorded speeches of the PM, during the poll silence period in areas going to vote in the next 48 hours.
The compliance report was submitted a day after the poll watchdog wrote to the Delhi CEO holding that NaMo TV is sponsored by the BJP and that all content on the TV channel should be “removed immediately” as it did not have prior certification.
The EC has also asked the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for a compliance report to be sent to them “immediately”. The EC directions come a day after the BJP admitted that the NaMo App, of which NaMo TV is a part, was run by its IT Cell.