No ‘Pappu’ in Gujarat election advertisements: Election Commission tells BJP

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.

The EC said the word “Pappu”, used mainly by BJP supporters to ridicule Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, was derogatory. 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”.

The state BJP’s media wing had submitted the video last month to the EC for approval. “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 was quoted as saying. However, the matter has not gone down well with the BJP members.

Some BJP leaders said the script of the advertisement did not link the word to any individual and felt the party had been singled out. However, a party member said they would comply with the EC order and replace the word and submit a new script for approval “Since there was no direct mention or linkage with any person while mentioning ‘Pappu’ in the entire script, we had appealed to the committee to reconsider their decision, but they rejected it.

Now, we will change that word and submit a new script for approval,” a senior leader said.  When contacted, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain said he was not aware of any such development and could comment only after getting the details.

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