Election Commission issues notice to five TV channelsCHANDIGARH: Aaj Tak, Star News & Z News has been telecasting today frivolous opinion poll indicating victory of Congress, penal discussions were also being held and conclusion were benign drawn, opinion formed and extra-ordinary edge of Congress over SAD-BJP was being shown in these opinion polls on the voting day of elections in Punjab.Similarly, TIMES NOW TV Channel was showing that DERA SACHA SAUDA has announced support to Congress on the polling day. Similarly Times Now TV Channel has been showing that DERA SACHA SAUDA has announced support to Congress on the polling day. Likewise NDTV India was continuously showing the bytes of President of PPCC showing DERA SACHA SAUDA’s support to Congress on the polling day. There seems to be tacit nexus between these channels & Congress for the reasons best known to them which is not only brought a blot on the Fourth Estate but has also caused a great resentment in Punjab. It is a well known fact no officials declaration by the DERA in support of any party has been issued, yet TIMES TODAY & NDTV India was showing its support to Congress on the polling day with the object to misguide the voters and unduly influence in favour of Congress.Taking cognizance of TV telecast by these channel in utter violation of the ECI instructions, Shiromani Akali Dal had approached the Chief Election Commission of India and the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab for issuance of direction to the Aaj Tak, Star News, Z News, NDTV India & Times Now TV channels to immediately stop telecasting opinion poll on the day of polling, as at the time of filing the complaint only 10% voting had taken place, and requested the ECI/CEO, Punjab for registration of FIRS against all these channels in all 117 constituencies in Punjab as was done in the case of NDTV during last Assembly Elections.In pursuance of these complaints lodged by Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Electoral of Punjab has issued notices to the Aaj Tak, Star News, Z News, NDTV India & Times Now TV channels and has directed them to clarify their position within 24 hours, so that Commission could take final decision in this regards. This was disclosed by the President of the Legal Wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal in a statement issued from the Head Office of the Shiromani Akai Dal.