No 'Pappu' in Gujarat election advertisements: Election Commission tells BJP


The Gujarat Election Commission has asked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state to drop the word "Pappu" from an electronic advertisement.

Over the last few weeks, the Congress party's "Navsarjan Yatra" in Gujarat has been spearheaded by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is traversing through temple towns and addressing multiple rallies every day to attack the BJP in its citadel. A Congress dissident was also caught using the word for Gandhi earlier this year.

Gandhi began his campaign for the Assembly polls in north Gujarat with a visit to the famous Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar. It asked the party to remove or replace the word.

All political parties need to submit their script related to the election advertisement to the EC.

Election Commission has banned the use of word Pappu for upcoming Gujarat 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", he said.

On Tueday, Shah claimed that the BJP will form the government in Gujarat by winning over 150 seats in the state polls.

The two phase elections will be held on December 9 and 14.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, BJP state president Jitu Vaghani, former chief minister Anandiben Patel and other senior leaders are expected to discuss the list of prospective candidates with the central leadership.