Speculations are rife that Saumya Tandon-starrer popular TV show Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain could face a ban for violating the Model Code of Conduct at least on two occasions. The show is broadcast on &TV, which is a part of Subhash Chandra-owned Zee Media group. Chandra is a BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP. If found guilty, the show could be forced to go off air as well as a hefty fine being imposed on the channel.
The Congress had taken note of a report published on Janta Ka Reporter showing how Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain and two other popular shows on Zee TV had violated the MCC.
The show’s screenwriter Raghuvir Shekhawat recently told the Pinkvilla website that the producers of the popular programme had indeed received a legal notice from the ECI and they will be responding soon to the national poll body.
Raghuvir, according to Pinkvilla website, confirmed this in a recent conversation with Satyam Tripathy at Vartalap, which was a screen writers association event held in Mumbai . Raghuvir said, “We didn’t mention any opposition party’s name, neither did we target any party. Everything was done in a limited way. We only promoted Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the man behind the cause, that’s it.”
The Maharashtra unit of the Congress had approached the Election Commission seeking a ban on Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain and two other Zee TV programmes after they were found to be praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s flagship schemes.
When asked, Saumya, who is currently on maternity leave, had said that she had not yet resumed work and ‘that’s why the channel will be a better entity to answer this question.’
The channel, &TV, had not made any statement after being caught indulging in unethical means to push the BJP’s agenda.
As reported by Janta Ka Reporter, two programmes aired on Zee Media-owned channels hailed key government schemes of the Narendra Modi government such as Ujjwala Gas Yojana, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Mudra Yojana.