Gujarat Elections 2017: Election Commission Bars BJP From Using 'Pappu' In Ads

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In a major jolt to ruling BJP party in Gujarat, the Election Commission has barred BJP's "Pappu" advertisement camping.

However, the BJP is not happy with the development and insists that it never likened it to any individual. Sambit Patra was quoted as saying, "The EC has made this word Pappu official and made it synonymous with Rahul Gandhi". Earlier this year, a Congress dissident was caught using the name, which loosely translates to "fool or simpleton". As per the reports, BJP has used word Pappu in the script of the electoral campaign that broke out election commission for the decision to ban using Pappu word. On Tuesday, election commision come over with massive controversy on word Pappu. According to NDTV, the EC has asked the party to drop the word or replace it with another word.

During the course of the interview, Rupani also discussed issues like employment figures in Gujarat, the BJP's election strategies, and the UPA's campaign in the poll-bound state. But the Commission's reply was the same. However, they raised an objection to the word "Pappu", saying it is derogatory.

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"Before making any election-related advertisement, we have to submit a script to the committee to get a certificate".

Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, would meet here on Wednesday evening to decide the candidates for the Gujarat assembly elections.

"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".

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