India's oppposition parties have called for a nationwide demonstration today over what they call gross misuse of state-owned television to boost Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's reelection chances. ``Abnormally much time is given to programs highlighting and improving the image of Rajiv, his party, and government and to tarnish the image of the opposition,'' the Bharatiya Janata youth wing said.

Opposition parties, which have formed a National Front to contest elections due this year, point to a recent speech by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting K.K. Tiwari who said that a government in a developing country should control the electronic media in order to project how it is carrying out its electoral mandate.

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