The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded an unconditional apology from the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi after his party had used a cartoon of Draupadi’s Vastraharan from Mahabharata as an analogy during the protests in Telangana.

In the controversial poster was entitled ‘Democracy in Telangana’. The poster shows the Election Commission of India (ECI), as the Kauravas undressing the voters, who have been shown as Draupadi in the poster. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Asaduddin Owaisi, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief, standing on either side as silent spectators.

The Congress protested against the disaster of the poll panel and demanded a free-and-fair Assembly election in the state.

Asaduddin Owaisi, the AIMIM chief, who featured in the poster has strongly opposed the Congress saying that everyone has the right to protest but the way Congress party has used the mythological character Draupadi in the poster was completely wrong.

Krishna Sagar Rao, the Telangana BJP spokesperson has questioned whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will give permission to use Hindu mythological characters as cartoons.

“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 Mr. Owaisi.

Though the Telangana Congress election committee chief, Marri Shashidhar Reddy has supported the poster and told the sources, “The BJP must be out of their mind for seeking an apology from Rahul Gandhi and local Congress leaders. I will take complete responsibility for this poster. It has nothing to do with Hindu sentiment as it is a depiction showing what democracy in Telangana is being subjected to…The Election Commission is silent and they have failed to identify the mistakes in the electoral rolls. I being a Hindu will never do anything to hurt Hindu sentiments.”

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