With elections over, BJP’s propaganda channel NaMo TV, launched to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign, has disappeared from Tata Sky and all other platforms. The launch of the TV channel had stirred huge controversy as opposition parties approached the Election Commission.
NaMo TV existed at several places as a free-to-air channel on Tata Sky and other DTH platforms. The Information and Broadcasting ministry had defended the channel for its existence despite not being issued a licence by the government claiming that this was an advertisement channel and did not fall under the categories of channels that needed a licence to operate.
Tata Sky, for its part, had first said that it was a Hindi news channel. Later, one of its top executives had issued a clarification withdrawing its earlier statement.
The Election Commission, which had chosen to turn a blind eye to complaints against NaMo TV, reacted under mounting criticism and banned the channel subsequently. However, the channel continued to broadcast propaganda materials and Modi’s election speeches all throughout the campaigning period.
There were reports that the channel was being operated by the BJP’s IT Cell and DTH platforms such as Tata Sky had been intimidated by the government to provide a prominent space to NaMo TV.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken to Twitter to inform his millions of followers about the launch of the TV channel. He had written, “The day we were most looking forward to is here! At 5 PM, lakhs of Chowkidars from different parts of India will interact in the historic #MainBhiChowkidar programme. This is an interaction you must not miss. Watch it live on the NaMoApp or NaMo TV.”
However, when asked about his channel, Modi had told ABP News that he had not watched NaMo TV.