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Election Commission bars BJP from using the term 'Pappu' in Gujarat elections

15 November 2017

However, the use or word was banned by election commission because indirectly it targets the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

As for the electronic ad, it has come to the light that the BJP had submitted a script for its election ad to the State Election Commission for clearance last month. However, they raised objection to the word "Pappu", saying it is derogatory.

Senior BJP leaders from Gujarat will leave for Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the names of the candidates for the upcoming polls with the top leadership.

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The media committee under the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) objected to the word "pappu" which was mentioned in the BJP's script of advertising, BJP sources cited. "Now, we will change that word and submit a new script for approval", he said.

The video, which is yet to be released, apparently features a character called "Pappu", who is depicted as "dumb" and "does not understand the meaning of development".

BJP spokespersons have lambasted the decision of ECI. "After Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi visited parts of Gujarat by road, more aspirants want to contest on Congress symbol now".

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Another BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli has urged a justification from the poll panel on why the video has been blocked.

In the series of letters Gujarat election commission extremely opposed the use word Pappu.

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. If they get elected, they will have natural claim and chance of getting a ministerial berth in "next Congress government" in Gujarat", he added.Further stating that Rahul Gandhi has categorically told them not to succumb to any pressure, he added, "We have been asked to go by merits.

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Election Commission bars BJP from using the term 'Pappu' in Gujarat elections