Congress poster shows 'Draupadi vastraharan', parties demand apology

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25 Jan 2019

Will Priyanka Gandhi approve 'Draupadi Cheerharan' poster: BJP asks Congress

The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded an unconditional apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi after a controversial poster was put up by his party cadres in Telangana against the Election Commission.

The poster showed Draupadi Cheerharan from the Mahabharata.

While voters were depicted as Draupadi, EC was shown as evil Kauravas who disrobed her. Chief Minister KCR was shown as a mute spectator.

Context

Why is Congress protesting against EC?

The Telangana Congress accused the poll-conducting body of being partial towards Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).

The Congress asked cadres to come to Dharna Chowk, Indira Park, on Thursday to highlight EC's "failure to prepare electoral rolls".

To recall, TRS swept the Southern state in the recently held assembly polls by winning 88 seats. Congress which joined hands with TDP won just 19.

Reactions

BJP asks Congress if Priyanka Gandhi is fine with poster

As it turned out, Congress' protest made it to news but for all the wrong reasons.

Telangana BJP spokesperson, Krishna Sagar Rao asked Congress if its newly appointed general secretary (for UP East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would 'approve' of mythological characters being used for such posters.

Surprisingly, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi, who is always at loggerheads with BJP, agreed with the saffron party.

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What if someone creates a poster of Sonia Gandhi: Owaisi

"What if someone creates a cartoon of Sonia, Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi. How would the party react? I respect Sonia Gandhi a lot. The Congress party can protest for their rights but not in such a way that insults women," said Owaisi.

Defense

Congress leader laughs at BJP's demand

Congress leader laughs at BJP's demand

Despite the brouhaha, Congress didn't find anything wrong in the poster. Telangana Congress election committee chief, Marri Shashidhar Reddy, mocked BJP's demand of an apology from RaGa.

Taking full responsibility for the poster, Reddy said it had nothing to do with Hindu sentiments and only highlighted the lapses of EC.

He added being a Hindu, he wouldn't hurt their sentiments.

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What did the controversial poster show?

Why is Congress protesting against EC?

How many seats did Congress win in Telangana Assembly polls?

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What did the controversial poster show?

Asked 2019-01-25 19:55:29 by Shreyas Malhotra

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The controversial poster, put up by Telangana Congress, showed Draupadi Cheeraran. The voters of the state were shown as Draupadi and EC as Kauravas who disrobed her.

Why is Congress protesting against EC?

Asked 2019-01-25 19:55:29 by Pari Tata

Answered by NewsBytes

Congress alleged EC is biased towards TRS. They held a protest to highlight EC's failure of making electoral rolls.

How many seats did Congress win in Telangana Assembly polls?

Asked 2019-01-25 19:55:29 by Dhruv Jindal

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Congress won only 19 seats whereas KCR's party TRS won 88.

What did the BJP say on the poster?

Asked 2019-01-25 19:55:29 by Rishika Trivedi

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BJP said Congress insulted Hindus and asked if Priyanka Gandhi was aware of it.

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