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.
The matter of DD News and its coverage of the Lok Sabha elections was first raised by the Congress in a memorandum to the EC on April 1. The Congress had alleged that DD News was giving preferential treatment to the BJP.
The Finance Bill, 2017 introduced “electoral bonds” — interest-free bearer bonds (like Promissory Notes) that can be purchased from specified branches of the State Bank of India in a designated 10-day window in every quarter of the financial year.
On April 1, the I&B Ministry circulated the draft Bill to remove the provision to establish a recruitment board, and give powers to appoint the Directors General of Doordarshan and All India Radio directly to the Union government.
The origins of NaMo TV are shrouded in secrecy, and it appears to live in the cracks between the laws governing television channels in the country. But NaMo TV seems to be clear about what it stands for.
Since the channel is not mentioned in the I&B Ministry's list of permitted private satellite channels, Congress told the EC that either “the channel “Content TV” is being broadcast as a government-sponsored channel” or it has “not got any official clearance” from the I&B Ministry.
He said when the terrorists struck in Uri, they thought “Mauni Baba Manmohan” was still the Prime Minister, but Modi conducted surgical strikes and “ghar mein ghuss kar aatantvadiyon ka safaya kar diya (wiped out the terrorists in their own house).”
Arun Jaitley said the government has “repeatedly made its position clear” on the issue. “The Supreme Court has spoken on it,” he said, and with the new petition in the apex court, “the petitioners are taking one more chance”.
The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019 will provide for reservation considering the university or college as one unit, instead of treating the department or subject as one unit.