The poll watchdog said that word 'Pappu', apparently targeting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, is 'derogatory'.
The Gujarat Election Commission has asked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state to drop the word ‘Pappu’ from an electronic advertisement.
The poll watchdog said that word ‘Pappu’, apparently targeting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, is ‘derogatory’.
“In this political advertisement, it (Pappu) should not be used, the committee recommends a change in this ad,” reads the letter sent by EC to the Gujarat BJP.
The BJP had submitted the advertisement titled "Kirana (grocery)" for approval last month after which the media committee under the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) objected to the word mentioned in the script.
"Before making any election-related advertisement, we have to submit a script to the committee to get a certificate. However, they raised objection to the word 'Pappu', saying it is derogatory. They asked us to remove or replace it," a senior BJP leader said.
However, the BJP is not happy with the development and insists that it never likened it to any individual.
Sources said that the BJP is planning to appeal once again to the state Election Commission.
Assembly elections in Gujarat are scheduled for December 9 and 14, and the results for the same will be declared on December 18, along with the results for Himachal Pradesh.