EC to play ‘su­per cen­sor’ to BJP ad blitz

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion is hav­ing to play “su­per cen­sor” and per­haps the Gujarat elec­tion cam­paign would be duller be­cause of its in­ter­ven­tion?

Times Now has ac­cessed a se­ries of let­ters writ­ten by the state elec­tion com­mis­sion, which have the po­ten­tial to spark a huge poll con­tro­versy.

The face-off be­tween state EC and BJP be­gan with the party’s Gujarat unit send­ing one ad­ver­tise­ment to EC for me­dia cer­ti­fi­ca­tion on Oct 31. EC Gujarat, the same day, raised three ob­jec­tions. One of them was on the name used to de­pict a com­mon man who came to a ra­tion shop. The shop as­sis­tant said, “Sir, Pappu bhai aaye lagte hain (sir, it seems Pappu Bhai is here).”

The face of “Pappu” is not shown in the ad­ver­tise­ment. But, the me­dia cer­ti­fi­ca­tion com­mit­tee raised ob­jec­tion say­ing that the use of the word “Pappu” is “up­haas­janak” (wor­thy of a laugh) for a spe­cific per­son, who is com­monly un­der­stood by this name.

BJP will go into ap­peal on Nov 2, and the ap­pel­late au­thor­ity — which is Gujarat chief elec­toral of­fi­cer — re­manded the case for re­assess­ment by the me­dia com­mit­tee.

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