Poll panel allots Doordarshan, AIR time to parties for campaign

March 20th, 2009 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Like in the last general elections, political parties will be given time on state-run Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) to speak about their ideology in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
The Election Commission Friday allotted time to seven national parties and 39 state parties to telecast and broadcast about themselves through the national television and radio.

The seven national parties - the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Rashtriya Janata Party and the Nationalist Congress Party - have been given a total of 10 hours of telecasting time on Doordarshan and AIR.

The parties will get 45 minutes each.

The remaining four hours and 45 minutes will be divided among the seven parties according to the percentage of votes polled by them in the 2004 general elections, a statement issued by the poll panel said.

The Election Commission made it clear that during the broadcast and telecast, the parties cannot criticise other countries, attack other religions or communities, do or say anything obscene or defamatory, incite violence and do anything that amounts to contempt of court.

They cannot cast aspersions against the integrity of the president and judiciary, do something that affects the unity, sovereignty and integrity of the country or criticise any person by taking his or her name.

The 39 state parties have been given 30 hours of telecasting time on the regional Doordarshan Kendras.

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