After the controversy over the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CPI(M) and the BJP has urged the Election Commission to ban the trailer of a movie, titled ‘Baghini: Bengal Tigress’, that is based on the life of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee.

The BJP moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday against the scheduled release of Mamata Banerjee’s biopic, which the producers say has been “inspired” by the life and struggles of the West Bengal Chief Minister. The saffron party has called it ‘Mamata’s hypocrisy’ since she had opposed PM Narendra Modi biopic.

The biopic has already received the certificate from the Cesnor Board and is scheduled for release on May 3.

A delegation of CPI(M) leaders, led by party general secretary Sitram Yechuery, met Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Monday and protested the “gross irregularities” during the first phase of the Lok Sabha election in West Bengal and Tripura on April 11.

Apart from the demand that there be re-election at 464 polling booths in the Tripura West parliamentary constituency where “elections were completely rigged”, the delegation also sought a ban on the trailer of the film.

The Left party said that the movie could have an impact on free and fair elections.

A CPI(M) leader told News18, “We are hopeful that after taking action against the Modi biopic, the EC will also take note of this film. It is pure propaganda.”

The trailer for the Bengali-language film by Nehal Dutta follows the life of Indira Bandhopadhyay (played by Ruma Chakraborty) who plays a political leader and is fondly referred to as ‘Didi’ by her supporters.

Seen in the trailer, dressed mostly in white and fighting for the rights of poor farmers, the opposition has dubbed the film as “propaganda”.

However, filmmakers have claimed the film was only inspired by the Trinamool chief’s life and political journey.

The film is slated to release on May 3, while Bengal is set to go to polls next on May 6 and May 12. The last phase of polling in the state is scheduled on May 19.

The Election Commission, had earlier, stopped the release of Omung Kumar’s PM Narendra Modi until after the election, dubbing it a “serious threat to the level-playing field”.

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