Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the Election Commission of playing politics and acting in a partisan manner.

BJP spokesperson M.S. Kumar and the party’s cultural wing convener G. Suresh Kumar told mediapersons here on Friday that the commission had directed them to delete certain portions of a film made for electioneering in the State. The 14-minute film produced by Mr. Suresh Kumar comprised visuals of the Mumbai blasts aired by television channels and a skit performed by TV and cinema artistes.

The skit presents issues like inflation, black-marketing, demand for High Court Bench in the capital, Vizhinjam port, railway development, SNC Lavalin case and expulsion of A.P. Abdullakutty from the CPI(M), among others, in a satirical vein. They alleged that the commission sat over the film for days and delayed its decision so that it would not be exhibited in public. It asked the BJP to expunge the visuals of the Mumbai blasts, comments about the performance of MPs from the State in Parliament, Mr. Kutty’s expulsion from the CPI(M), observations about PDP chairman Abdul Nasir Maudany and the Lavalin case.

The BJP has decided to delete the visuals but it felt that the commission was acting in a partisan manner. The party would hold 1,000 meetings across the State to exhibit the film and take the issue to the public. It would be aired in television channels too. The State unit had already taken up the issue with the Chief Electoral Officer, they said.