No TV coverage for BJP’s manifesto release

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New Delhi: The BJP is planning to release its manifesto on April 7 could cost it dearly as the electronic media cannot cover its release as per the election law.  Since the timing of the release falls within the 48-hour period prior to polling, when public display of any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus is banned under Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the BJP manifesto release will have to be blacked out by the news channels. This will be a publicity blunder for the BJP, a senior EC official pointed out. Any TV channel which airs the BJP manifesto release on April 7 will violate provisions of the RP Act. The only option for the BJP to avoid the 48-hour ban is to release the manifesto by the 5 pm on April 5