Jaipur: The Election Commission (EC) has banned an audio and video advertisement campaign of the BJP allegedly ridiculing Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, an official spokesman said on Thursday.
Issuing the orders on the EC’s direction, state’s chief electoral officer Vinod Zutshi asked the BJP and Lok Seva Sansthan to stop the campaign forthwith and submit an amendment advertisement for approval, if desired, the spokesman said.
On a complaint of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee’s (RPCC) legal cell, the EC reviewed the VCDs and audio cassette and observed that there was nothing objectionable in the words used but the speech of the character was “parodied” in the audio.
RPCC has alleged that the BJP’s advertisements carried a caricature of Gehlot and his voice was “parodied”.
Earlier, defending the party’s ad campaign at a press conference, former BJP chief minister Vasundhara Raje said it was being done in response to the Congress’ ad campaign launched in the last assembly polls against her and the women community.
In response, Gehlot said it would boost Congress’ prospects in the polls as the BJP got no other poll plank than this.