Election Commission asks Gujarat BJP to drop 'Pappu' from advertisement

15 November, 2017, 10:18 | Author: Regina Silva
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The election body raised objections on the usage of the word "Pappu" the very same day, and said that the term was derogatory was used for "a specific person who is commonly known by that name" form the leading opposition party.

The poll watchdog said that word "Pappu", apparently targeting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, is "derogatory".

A BJP video featuring a character called "Pappu" has run into rough weather after the Election Commission barred the ruling BJP in Gujarat from using the term in election advertisements. It asked the party to remove or replace the word.

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Sources say the BJP on October 31 sent a script for its election ad titled "Kirana (grocery)" to the media committee of the State Election Commission for approval.

According to the some of BJP's leaders, the world "Pappu" in the CD does not link with any person in common and said that this is unfair and this plot has been done to sideline them anyhow. The poll-bound state has immensely indulged in political controversy with Pappu word in campaign script.

The BJP also sought to corner Rahul on the issue of reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) saying that the Congress had stalled the passage of the OBC Commission in an attempt to protect the quota of Muslim OBCs. And election commission said using Pappu word in embarrassing in Gujarat. The 182-member Gujarat Assembly will go to the polls in two phases - on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will take place on 18.

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