Mr. Sukhpal Singh Khaira, spokesman of Punjab Congress in a communcation to Mr V.S.Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner and Mr. V.Ok.Singh,
Punjab Chief Electoral Officer, Chandigarh at present in opposition to the partisan position of PTC channels in Punjab. Khaira additionally appealed to folks of Punjab to boycott the PTC Information channel for its maliciously false and partisan propaganda, with the motive of influencing voters in favour of SAD-BJP ruling alliance within the Lok Sabha elections. Khaira requested the Chief Election Commissioner to arrange a monitoring committee to scrutinize and display the politically motivated programmes being aired by PTC Group of Channels, which are owned by the household of Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Dy. Chief Minister and President Shiromani Akali Dal. He delivered to the discover of the above stated officer that completely partisan, deceptive and maliciously false propaganda being finished by the PTC Group of Channels, notably its information channel, to tarnish the picture of all political events and opponents of the Badal household in Punjab. The PTC Information channel has been enjoying a significant function in influencing the voters of Punjab in favour of the SAD-BJP ruling alliance and thus has been tilting the scales of electoral ends in their favour. He draw the eye in direction of the whole monopoly of digital media by PTC Group of TV Channels in Punjab. Documentary proof establishes that PTC channels (Owned by G-Subsequent Media Pvt. Ltd.) are literally owned by the household of Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Dy. Chief Minister and President, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). That is in violation of govt. tips, which forbid any political entity from proudly owning tv information channels. The PTC Group of Channels that embrace PTC Information, PTC Punjabi and Chak De have been direct beneficiaries of SAD-BJP govt.’s largesse within the type of ads, patronage and unique business rights for protection of capabilities and occasions organized by the Punjab Govt., because the inception of PTC Community in 2007, the yr SAD-BJP fashioned the govt.. in Punjab. Because of this deep nexus between the PTC channels and the SAD-BJP govt., the stated TV channels have been constantly relaying one sided programmes fully favouring the SAD-BJP ruling alliance. All main discussions undertaken by these channels are tailor made to go well with the political pursuits of the SAD-BJP govt., notably the Badal household. PTC Information has typically been distorting information in opposition to the opposition events significantly the Congress and blowing out of proportion the contents to favour the SAD-BJP and the Badal household. The stated PTC channels make it some extent to provide undue protection to Mr. Badal CM, Mr. Sukhbir Badal Dy.CM, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal MP and MR. Bikram Majithia Income Minister and brother in legislation of the junior Badal. The only intention is to point out the UPA govt. and the Congress social gathering of Punjab in excessive poor gentle, to reap wealthy political dividends for the Badal household. A few of the companions, shareholders and collaborators of PTC channels are additionally companions in Fastway Transmission Pvt. Ltd., which monopolizes cable distribution community in Punjab. What’s extra disturbing is the actual fact, that the PTC channels should not permitting different TV channels to operate in Punjab and Chandigarh, until they toe their line. Even nationwide TV channels are switched off from the Punjab Cable Community system, when their content material is inconvenient to the SAD-BJP govt. in Punjab. The worst victims of this monopoly have been unbiased TV channels just like the Day & Evening Information Channel. Documentary proof additionally establishes that the PTC channels have availed unique telecast rights of ‘Gurbani’, relayed stay from the Golden Temple every day, by exercising political affect upon the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), for the previous a few years. Additionally PTC channels have been allowed to proceed dwell telecast of ‘Gurbani’, regardless of fee defaults operating into crores of rupees to the SGPC. By doing so the stated PTC channels are influencing the folks of Punjab by misusing the non secular physique of SGPC.These deep enterprise connections between the Badal household and the SAD-BJP govt., clearly establishes the battle of pursuits, which is a really large obstacle to the conduct of free and truthful Lok Sabha elections in Punjab.
Subsequently, the Congress occasion calls for organising of a monitoring committee by the Election Fee of India, to observe the relay of all political programmes by the stated PTC channels until the Mannequin Code of Conduct is in power. The mentioned committee needs to be licensed to display screen, scrutinize and monitor every programme together with discussions, information and so on., earlier than permitting its relay on air for the folks.
This measure if taken, would go an extended strategy to forestall undue affect upon the voters of Punjab by the stated PTC channels, owned by the Badal household and would guarantee free and honest elections within the state.
Word: – Related documentary proof in type of Annexure A, A1, B, C, D and E are hooked up alongwith.