New Delhi: The Election Commission has barred the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Gujarat from using the word 'Pappu' in an electronic advertisement, which apparently targeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, calling it 'derogatory'.'Pappu' is perceived as a social media slur coined to target Gandhi. Confirming the development, sources in the BJP on Tuesday said the script of the advertisement did not link the word to any individual. According to BJP sources, the media committee under the Gujarat chief electoral officer objected to the word 'Pappu' mentioned in the script of the advertisement which was submitted by the party for approval last month.
Meanwhile, Twitterati went out to comment on the EC's decision to censor the word.
#GujaratElections2017 what are we debating sex cd, pappu, mandir darshan it seems there are no people centric issues in gujarat— sumaira (@sumairakh) November 14, 2017
EC may have objected to use of ‘Pappu’ in Gujarat polls, but Delhi State EC’s most successful campaign so far for boosting voter turnout had invoked the very same ‘Pappu’. Remember “Pappu vote nahin deta” tagline?— Bharti Jain (@bhartijainTOI) November 15, 2017
By objecting to the word "Pappu", the Congress has accepted that he's actually Pappu!!#PappuCensored— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) November 14, 2017
By opposing the word Pappu and getting it censored via EC, Inc India dolts have made it a part of official docs and historical records.— Ashu (@muglikar_) November 15, 2017