I&B Ministry issues notice to Zee Tamil for children’s show mocking Modi

A screenshot from Zee Tamil Junior Superstars

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday issued a notice to Zee Tamil for airing a satirical children’s show mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The notice is based on a petition from BJP Tamilnadu state president of IT and Social Media Cell, C T R Nirmal Kumar, reports Indian Express.

According to the complaint, the Tamil reality show – ‘Junior Super Stars Season 4’ – contained “obnoxious” comments against Modi. He wants the episode removed.

The children on the show referred to a king and his policy reforms that failed the country and the people with references to Modi’s policies such as demonetisation and disinvestment.

A two-minute-long video of the episode shared on social media, shows children narrating the story of a king who tried to demonetise the currencies in a bid to eradicate black money, but fails.

The skit was aired on January 15 and it was based on a popular Tamil historical political satire film — Imsai Arasan 23 am Pulikesi.

“Scathing remarks were passed about demonetisation, his (PM) diplomatic travel to various countries, PM’s attire and disinvestment,” reads the complaint.

BJP accused the channel of not taking any action to check the “blatant misinformation” being spread against the Prime Minister.

The Zee Group will respond to the complaint within the stipulated time frame of seven days as per procedure, The Indian Express has reported.