Congress-BJP ad war hots up on social media
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BJP countered the allegations saying the "Congress is making hue and cry like a kid when his lollipop is snatched away."
"They had no brains (when making advertisement), and are behaving the same way they have done for the development and growth of Gujarat in the past," said state BJP IT cell convenor Rajeeka Kacheria.
BJP comes out with more Congress bloopers
The state Congress has been cornered in yet another advertising faux pas just days after it faced flak for using the image of a Sri Lankan child to depict malnourishment in Gujarat, which was first reported in the Indian Express.
BJP's IT cell has now posted images of a farmer from Rajasthan, a boy drinking water in Tripura and another farmer from Rajasthan that were allegedly used in Congress' Join Hands for Change campaign.
"If you use stock images to say something positive then it is alright, but if you use it to spread negative things then we have a problem with that. Congress is the opposition party and has been out of power from sometime, so we can understand that it is trying aggressive campaigning to malign us. But they have insulted the image of Gujarat in the eyes of the world and the country by presenting wrong images of the state and we condemn this," said BJP spokesperson Jagdish Bhavsar.
The Congress, which has mostly skirted the ad issue claiming the images to be symbolic, has managed to pull back many of the ads and replace them with a new theme.
"I agree that our agency may have used photographs that were symbolic and that best represented the issue at hand. But this error has been corrected and we will ensure that such a goof up does not happen in future. But I would like to ask if the BJP can sit with us on a public forum and refute the startling facts that we have found out in our research and revealed in our ads," said Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi.
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