Drop 'Pappu' from ad, Gujarat BJP told by EC

Election Commission starts nomination-filing process for Gujarat elections

EC blocks release of BJP's 'Pappu' video

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.

"Pappu" is a name BJP supporters use to ridicule Rahul Gandhi on social media. A Congress dissident was also caught using the word for Gandhi earlier this year.

The state BJP's media wing had submitted the video last month to the EC for approval. The EC reportedly told the ruling BJP that term is "derogatory", however, the party insists that it never associated any individual with the word in the ad.

He then assured the tribal community that their problems and difficulties will be considered by the party and asked them to send a delegation to the manifesto committee with their concerns.

Rahul Gandhi during his Gujarat visit on October 9, 2017.Twitter. "They asked us to remove or replace it", a senior BJP leader has been quoted by agencies as saying.

"Before making any election-related advertisement, we have to submit a script to the committee to get a certificate. Now, we will change that word and submit a new script for approval".

Dismissing reports of growing Congress popularity in certain parts of Gujarat, Shah asserted that the BJP will secure a landslide victory in the upcoming election. It is said that the commission was not ok with the word and found it derogatory as a specific person is known by that name.

Summary: As the chances of Congress party surges in Gujarat assembly elections scheduled to take place on December 9 and 14, the screening committee set up by Congress party has been flooded with over 2,200 aspirant applications for 182 seats.

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