VADODARA (TIP): The fate of Gujarati flick ‘Namo Saune Gamo’ will be decided by a team of election officials in Vadodara on April 18. The election officials will watch the film that has been released at a multiplex in the city on April 18 and prepare a report.
The Congress on Friday urged district election officer (DEO) Vinod Rao to ban the movie that they allege has been made on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Congress leader Shailesh Amin, who registered complaint with the election officials, said the film poster displays a bearded man who has striking resemblance to Modi.
“Also, the movie has Namo in its title and it’s a known fact that Narendra Modi is nicknamed NaMo. It’s clear violation of model code of conduct. This movie should be banned till elections are over,” Amin said. “We have also learnt that BJP leaders will sponsor tickets and ask people to watch the movie and those going for the movie would be given gifts. The movie poster also says that it’s an exact portrayal which shows that it is promoting Modi,” Amin added.
The Congress party has demanded to include the movie’s entire expenditure in Modi’s campaigning expenses. “The movie has been released across the state. It’s crystal clear that it’s direct promotion of Modi. The election officials must act on it,” Amin said. DEO Vinod Rao said, “A team of election officials will watch the movie on Saturday and prepare a report. They will assess whether the movie is doing promotion of any candidate. I will take final decision on the basis of the report.”