Election Commission asks BJP to drop 'Pappu' from its ad campaign

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The poll watchdog said that word "Pappu", apparently targeting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, is "derogatory". "It is a tough job to finalise the candidates", said one of the members of four members screening committee headed by Balasaheb Thorat, senior Congress leader from Maharashtra.

According to the Newspaper, Out of 32 District Panchayat in Gujarat, the 23 are controlled by Congress. Addressing media, CEO Gujarat said that after scrutiny he found that the word "Pappu" used in context of the advertisement was "derogatory". On the other hand, the Gujarat BJP has agreed to replace the word but they had also appealed to the EC committee to reconsider its decision as the word "Pappu" did not have any direct link to any person. "Why haven't they announced a candidate for chief minister?", Shah challenged. The video was submitted to the EC for the approval by the BJP's state media wing last month.

"Congress is working to divide the people of Gujarat on communal lines".

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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.

"BJP will again form its government with full majority in Gujarat", Adityanath told reporters. Shah also refuted the criticism surrounding the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said that traders will realise within the year that the unified tax regime is an "aashirwad" (blessing).

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. The counting of votes will take place on 18.

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