Patna: Election commission bans all political newspaper ads tomorrow after row over BJP’s cow ad in Bihar. A day before Bihar votes in the fifth and final phase of the assembly elections, the state woke up this morning to a prominent ad in newspapers featuring a woman hugging a cow and an attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The ad, issued by the Bharatiya Janata Party, asks why Mr Kumar has not acted on “repeated insults” to the cow by his allies. “Stop vote bank politics and explain whether you endorse these statements,” the ad says, before listing three comments made by Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and others. In each, the word beef has been highlighted in red.
A furious anti-BJP ‘Grand Alliance’ has complained to the Election Commission. The Election Commission has now asked all parties to not publish any political ads in papers tomorrow without its clearance.