The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party cannot play their theme song, composed by BJP's Asansol MP Babul Supriyo. Supriyo had released the song without seeking permission from the Commission.
Speaking to the reporters, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu said, "Firstly, the theme song was not pre-certified for which we had informed the Commission. Also, the song is being played in different places so there are instructions for stopping it."
Poll panel further added that Supriyo has been informed that the EC has denied permission of using his song as a poll campaign song for the BJP.
After the complaint filed by the ruling Trinamool in West Bengal last month, claiming that the song has been released on social media without certification, the poll panel issued a show cause notice to the Union minister for releasing the song without prior notice from the commission.
The BJP, however, submitted a transcript of the lyrics of the campaign song to the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee, following which the state’s chief electoral officer had asked the party to submit a revised version.
The poll panel in its directive has mandated the political parties to seek permission of their publicity material from the ECI. Moreover, not seeking prior permission from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) is a violation of the model code of conduct.
Additional CEO Basu also added:
“ We have discussed all the complaints against him (Supriyo) at the state level and have forwarded our observations to the ECI. The MCMC has not given permission yet. The party has not submitted the modified version."
Additionally, an FIR was also registered against Supriyo for allegedly making derogatory comments aimed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress through the song.
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, political parties are using songs as an element in their campaign. In February, after the 'Gully boy' rap songs created a buzz, the ruling party posted a video on their Twitter handle highlighting their pitch of 'Congress mukt Bharat'. Congress, on the other hand, posted another video in retaliation mocking the PM.
(With PTI inputs)