Senior Congress party leaders including Kapil Sibal held a meeting with the Election Commission on Monday demanding to postpone the release of the film 'PM Narendra Modi' - the biopic on PM Modi starring Vivek Oberoi, produced by Sandip Ssingh - alleging that the film violates the model code of conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting with the Election Commission officers in New Delhi, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal not only targeted the BJP party, but also the makers (Producer Sandip Ssingh) and actors (Vivek Oberoi) of the PM Modi biopic saying that the film is a 'corrupt practice' and 'launch of the film is motivated' ahead of the General Elections.
"We represented to the EC that there is a film being made which is a biopic on Narendra Modi, to be launched April 5, just a few days before the election. The purpose of the film is only political - to get some extra mileage in the elections. We believe, it is not just a corrupt practice, but the very launch of the film is motivated. Three of the Producers & actor belong to BJP, Vivek Oberoi is of BJP. Director Sandip Ssingh is involved in Vibrant Gujarat," Sibal said while addressing the media.
Moreover, he went on to argue that 'PM Narendra Modi' biopic is not an 'artistic film' but a 'political venture' and the purpose of the film is to gain political advantage. Scared of the release of the Bollywood film, Kapil Sibal later demanded to postpone its release claiming that it violates the model code of conduct.
"The whole purpose is to gain political advantage. This is violative of all norms. This is no artistic venture, it is a political venture. It should not be allowed. It violated the spirit of Article 324 of the Indian Constitution. It violates the Cable Network rules. It violates Section 126 of the Indian People's Representative Act. We have told the Election Commission that this film is not in the interest of Article 324. We have asked the EC to give us a reasonable order. Both the timing and content of the film is political," Kapil Sibal added.
Earlier, Congress's student wing of Goa, National Students' Union of India, had written a letter to the EC seeking a temporary ban on release of the film two days before and during the elections.
"The NSUI Goa writes to you demanding: ban of the movie in theatres in states during the 'election silence' period that is two days prior to the day of voting and ban of the movie in the Lok Sabha Constituency where the Prime Minister would be contesting," the letter had read.
The Model Code of Conduct came into effect from March 10 across the state on the day when the Election Commission announced the dates for elections which are scheduled to begin from April 11, while the results are to be announced on May 23.
Directed by Omung Kumar, the biopic on India's incumbent Prime Minister - Narendra Modi - features Vivek Oberoi and Boman Irani in pivotal roles. Prior, it was expected to release on April 12, but given the elections were due to begin a day earlier, the release was preponed to April 5.