MIB responds to Election Commission on NaMo TV

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has responded to the Election Commission (EC) that NaMo TV is not a licenced channel but a direct-to-home (DTH) advertisement platform.

According to a report by India Today, the I&B ministry has also said that the party [BJP] is incurring cost of the advertisements.

The EC had sought a report from MIB following the launch of NaMo TV ahead of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. The Congress and AAP had filed complaints with EC stating that the channel is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

NaMo TV, was launched on 31 March on multiple direct to home (DTH) platforms as part of its voter outreach. It aims to provide real-time coverage of Modi’s Lok Sabha election campaign. The channel will live broadcast his election rallies and speeches.

The service is available on Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV, and cable TV network Siti Networks.

Narendra Modi invited people to connect with him via NaMo TV on Twitter. PM Modi asked citizens to watch programmes on NaMo TV to get first-hand information about his government.

BJP tweeted, “Capture the colours of elections… Watch the dance of democracy…Say NaMo again with NaMo TV.”

“The day we were most looking forward to is here! At 5 PM, lakhs of Chowkidars from different parts of India will interact in the historic #MainBhiChowkidar programme. This is an interaction you must not miss. Watch it live on the NaMo App or NaMo TV,” Modi tweeted.

Narendra Modi also has NaMo App on its name. The app provides latest information about PM and allows people to connect with him directly.