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

Gujarat elections 2017: The Election Commission said the word 'Pappu', used mainly by BJP supporters to ridicule Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, was derogatory

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2017 1:24 pm
Election Commission bars 'Pappu' in BJP Gujarat ads The state BJP’s media wing had submitted the video last month to the EC for approval. (File Photo)

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,” PTI quoted a senior BJP leader as saying. However, the matter has not gone down well with the BJP members.

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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,” PTI quoted him as saying.

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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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  1. A
    Nov 15, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    To Dear Innocent Bhakhts. 1) Where is my 15 lakhs. 2)a. Where are the 2 Crore jobs. 2)b. Where is panama leaks 2)c. Why no ban on Beef export. 3)a. When will be train accidents will be stopped. 3)b. Why writ off Lakh Crores of NPAs of Bussines mens but not of farmers, middles class etc., 4) When will Petrol and Diesel Taxes reduced. 5) Where is 10 percentage GDP growth. 6) Where is the full stop to terrorism. 7) Where is full stop to corruption. 8) Where is Lokpal. 9) Where is full stop to our soldiers struggle and deaths. 10) When will be Ganga cleaned
    1. M
      Nov 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm
      how dare bhakts call him pappu, look at his work at amethi and achivements of congress and his dedication to country when UPA was in power, he didnt let a single penny get looted without his cut
      1. P
        Nov 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm
        Hats off to the Election Commission of India for the official recognition that Rahul Gandhi is recognised by the name Pappu in this Country
        1. M
          Nov 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm
          Should the ECI not tender an apology to the hurt caused to all the Pappus and their parents and family members who called him affectionately Pappu, by an insensitive adverti t asking for votes? The stupid "don't be Pappu" tagline? HOw many crores were spent on that ic ad and who was the beneficiary. I have been personally pained at such provocative ad because one of my nephews is Dearest Pappu. Will the Election Commission of India pay me at least 1 of the amount paid to the advertising company as compensation for pain, agony, hurt and rage? I ask all the parents, Pappus and their relatives to sue the ECI in a class litigation case for injury and pain. Can some pro bono advocate start the litigation in the supreme court of India as it covers the entire country? At least our Babus will learn to behave a little civil.
          1. D
            Nov 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm
            Pappu is a ch00t iya and a sxxual pervert and doesn't deserve to be a politician therfore BOOT HIM OUT OF GUJARAT.
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