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Two television production houses accused of supporting ‘politically influential content’ relating to the Narendra Modi government have been asked to take their content back.

Maharashra‘s chief electoral officer Dilip Shinde said,”The production houses should get politically influential content checked from election officials before using it in their serials. Going by the content aired, it is evident that it is a violation of model code of conduct… We have asked the production houses to remove the content from the serials immediately,” he added.

Television serials ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai’ and ‘Tujhse hai Raabta’ are the two serials which were asked to remove their politically supportive content. Binaifer Kohli and Sanjay Kohlis Edit 2 Productions and Sonali Potnis and Aamir Jaffers Full Media House were the production houses related with the two serials ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai,’ and ‘Tujhse hai Raabta.’ The support to government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan were opposed by the Congress and brought under EC’s notice after which the Election Commmission asked these to be removed.

Earlier BJP‘s NaMo TV was also asked to get prior-nod before airing its content as the general elections had begun. The Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, Ranbir Singh also wrote to the Election Commission saying web series about PM Modi available on Eros Now was being streamed without permission from Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC). A biopic on PM Modi slated to release on the day the first phase of polling began, was also postponed to release after the general elections.

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