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PIB News Update: A copy of the Commission’s Order regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019 is enclosed for the information of the general public.


At the time of General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 1998, a new initiative for State funding of recognized political parties through free use of the State owned Television and Radio was introduced under directions of the Commission vide its Order, dated 16th January, 1998. The said scheme was subsequently extended in all the General Elections to the State Assemblies held after 1998 and General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019.

With the amendments to the Representation of the People Act, 1951 vide “Election and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Act, 2003” and the rules notified thereunder, equitable time sharing for campaigning by recognized political parties on electronic media now has statutory basis. In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of the Explanation below section 39A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Central Government has notified all such broadcasting media which are owned or controlled or financed wholly or substantially by funds provided to them by the Central Government as the electronic media for the purposes of that section. Therefore, the Commission has decided to extend the said scheme of equitable time sharing on electronic media through Prasar Bharati Corporation to the ensuing General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand -2019.

The facilities of use of broadcast time and telecast time will be available only to ‘National Parties’ and ‘Recognized State Parties’ in respect of Jharkhand state.


1.         The facilities will be available from the Regional Kendra of the All India Radio and Doordarshan in the headquarters of Jharkhand and relayed by other stations within the State of Jharkhand.

Time allotted for Telecast/Broadcast:

2.         A base time of 45 minutes will be given to each National Party and recognized State Parties of Jharkhand uniformly on the Regional Kendras of Doordarshan network and All India Radio network in Jharkhand

3.         The additional time to be allotted to the party has been decided on the basis of the poll performance of the party in the last assembly election of Jharkhand, 2014.

4.         In a single session of broadcast, no party will be allocated more than 15 minutes.

Date of Telecast/Broadcast:

5.         The period of broadcast and telecast will be between the last date of filing the nominations for the first phase of poll and two days before the date of poll (in each phase) in Jharkhand.

6.         The Prasar Bharati Corporation in consultation with the Commission will decide the actual date and time for broadcast and telecast. This will be subject to the broad technical constraints governing the actual time of transmission available with the Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Submission of Transcripts in advance:

7.         The guidelines prescribed by the Commission for telecast and broadcast will be strictly followed. The parties will be required to submit transcripts and recording in advance. The parties can get this recorded at their own cost in studios, which meet the technical standards prescribed by the Prasar Bharati Corporation or at the Doordarshan/All India Radio Kendra. They can, in the alternative, have these recorded in the studios of Doordarshan and All India Radio by advance requests. In such cases, the recordings may be done at the State Capital and at timings indicated by Doordarshan/All India Radio in advance.

Panel Discussions and Debate:

8.         In addition to the broadcast by parties, the Prasar Bharati Corporation will organize a maximum of two panel discussions and/or debates on the Kendra/Station of Doordarshan/All India Radio. Each eligible party can nominate one representative to such a programme.

9.         The Election Commission of India will approve the names of coordinators for such panel discussions and debates in consultation with the Prasar Bharati Corporation.

Guidelines for observance in Telecasts/Broadcasts:

10.       The telecasts/broadcasts on Doordarshan/AIR will not permit:

a)         criticism of other countries;

b)         attack on religions or communities;

c)         anything obscene or defamatory;

d)         incitement of violence;

e)         anything amounting to contempt of court;

f)         aspersion against the integrity of the President and Judiciary;

g)         anything affecting the unity, sovereignty and integrity of the Nation;

h)         any criticism by name of any person;

Time Vouchers for Parties: –

11.       It will be available in the denomination of 5 minutes with one voucher having time allotment from 1 to 4 minutes and the parties will be free to combine them suitably. The allotment of time to different political parties is given in a statement enclosed herewith.




Time available to National/State Parties on

Regional Kendras/State Capital Kendras of Doordarshan/All India Radio


Name of State Name of National/ State Party Total time allotted in minutes for No. of Time Vouchers issued for
    Broadcast Telecast Broadcast Telecast


48 48 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes)
BSP 57 57 11 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes) 11 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes)
BJP 248 248 49 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes) 49 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes)


51 51 10 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes) 10 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes)


48 48 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)


113 113 22 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes) 22 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes)
NCP 47 47 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)


45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
AJSUP 69 69 13 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes) 13 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes)
JMM 178 178 35 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes) 35 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes)
JVM 110 110 22 (5 minutes each) 22 (5 minutes each)
RJD 65 65 13 (5 minutes each) 13 (5 minutes each)


1079 1079 1079 1079





Sl.No. Abbreviation Status Name of Party
1 AITC National Party All India Trinamool Congress
2 BSP National Party Bahujan Samaj Party
3 BJP National Party Bharatiya Janata Party
4 CPI National Party Communist Party of India
5 CPI (M) National Party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
6 INC National Party Indian National Congress
7 NCP National Party Nationalist Congress Party
8 NPP National Party National People’s Party
9 AJSUP State Party All Jharkhand Students Union Party
10 JMM State Party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
11 JVM State Party Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik)
12 RJD State Party Rashtriya Janata Dal



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