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Valley blooper in new BJP ad

The Delhi unit of BJP has embarrassed the party’s top brass with an advertising folly. The party used photograph of an NGO, Anhad, protesting the use of security forces in Kashmir to accuse the UPA government of failing to tackle terrorism in the valley on eve of party’s Kashmir Bachao Divas, reports Chetan Chauhan.

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2010 01:18 IST
Chetan Chauhan

After Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, it is the turn of the Delhi BJP to embarrass the party’s top brass with another advertising folly.

This time, the party used a photograph of NGO Anhad activists protesting the use of security forces in Kashmir to accuse the UPA government of failing to tackle terrorism in the valley on eve of party’s Kashmir Bachao Divas.

The NGO had been most vocal critic of BJP since the Gujarat riots and even filed a petition in Supreme Court against the state government in alleged fake encounter of Samir Pathan.

“Use of photograph without our permission... goes beyond your Kashmir Bachao Divas as Anhad and BJP are two diame-trically opposite organizations,” said Anhad’s managing trustee Shabnam Hashmi, in a letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

The photograph is of Anhad activists in a Kashmir-related protest in New Delhi. The picture was used in full-page advertisements in two national newspapers with a caption “in protest against UPA government’s failure to tackle terrorist and separatist forces in Kashmir”.

Hashmi warned of legal action if the BJP did not apologise.

Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said “It was an unintentional error. The advertising company may had put a backgrounder and by mistake may have used Anhad photograph”.

In June, the Gujarat government had used a photograph of Muslim girls in UP’s Shibli Inter College to showcase how Muslim girls were doing well in the Narendra Modi-ruled state.