NEW DELHI: 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.