- Activist says 75-second ad appears to promote hatred against Muslims
- Video targets Congress but does not refer directly to it or BJP
- Election body orders probe, says video seems professionally produced
Govind Parmar has told the poll panel that the 75-second clip appears to promote hatred against Muslims and should be banned.
The state's chief electoral officer BB Swain has ordered a police probe to ascertain the origin of the video. Mr Parmar told NDTV that this shouldn't be difficult since the video seemed to have been professionally produced. You just need to trace the actors in the video, he said.
Activists say the video, which ends with the message "your vote, your security" seems to play on the fears and distrust between communities. It starts with the message: "This is what can happen post 7 pm in Gujarat''. A young girl is shown walking hurriedly on a public road with a sound similar to azzan, or the Islamic call to worship, heard in the background. She reaches home to the relief of her worried parents. Her mother looks at the camera and says, "Surprised that this is Gujarat?" The father adds: "This was Gujarat 22 years ago. And this can happen again if they return." "But don't worry, no one will come because here it's Modi" says the daughter.
Gujarat's Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain said he had received the complaint and ordered an inquiry by the Cyber Crime Cell of Ahmedabad.