Ad featuring Goan regional party leader kicks off rowApril 21st, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, April 21 (IANS) A controversial advertisement published in a local English daily Tuesday, showing a Goan regional party candidate with a cross above his head, being beheaded by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader with a scissor, has created a sensation in the Goan political and media circles.
The advertisement, published in the largest circulated English daily Herald, contains a clip-to-art - a collage created by piecing together separate images, depicting a cross above a photograph of United Goans Democratic Party (UGDP) candidate from South Goa Mathany Saldanha’s head, which is trapped between the blades of a pair of scissors, held by BJP’s Manohar Parrikar and former UGDP general secretary Radharao Gracias.
The pair of scissors is incidentally UGDP’s election symbol. Speaking to IANS, Saldanha said that he would initiate criminal proceedings against the Herald, which published the ad and artist Vicente Correia.
“I have also complained to the chief electoral officer about it (CEO). It is mischievous and in bad taste,” Mathany said. Parrikar also said that the advertisement was in violation of the code of conduct as it used religious symbols.
“The use of a religious symbol in such an advertisement is not a good sign. I am writing to the election authorities. I want to see how they act in this case,” Parrikar said, alleging they have not behaved in a fair manner during most of the campaigning period.
When IANS contacted the creator of the controversial advertisement, Correia said that he had paid Rs.4,000 to get the advertisement published. “I had a vision of the cross coming out of Mathany’s (Saldanha) head. He is being crucified in the same way John De Baptiste (a Biblical preacher) was crucified by King Herod’s wife,” he said.
Correia also said that the graphic was a creative exercise and insisted that it was not published at the behest of any political party.
Herald’s editor Ashwin Tombat told IANS that the advertisement made no reference to Mathany.
“Other than that I have no comment to make,” Tombat said.
The controversial advertisement comes on the heels of repeated cautions by the election authorities, that any surrogate advertising in the media would attract criminal action against the media outfit.
- BJP minister's death postpones Goa budget presentation - Mar 21, 2012
- Goa mourns its very own Jairam Ramesh-like green minister - Mar 21, 2012
- Alina Saldanha's entry into Goa cabinet deferred - May 08, 2012
- Parrikar sworn-in as Goa chief minister - Mar 09, 2012
- Parrikar's innings at office begins with chaos at swearing in - Mar 09, 2012
- Poll delays bonus for Goa employees, again - Apr 25, 2012
- Goa chief minister to pen 'hilarious, bestselling' memoir (Goa Newsletter) - May 11, 2012
- 20 percent voting in first few hours in Goa (Second Lead) - Mar 03, 2012
- Over 42 percent voting in Goa (Third Lead) - Mar 03, 2012
- Opposition to Goa airport project continues - Apr 26, 2012
- Muthalik will be arrested if he enters Goa: Parrikar (Lead) - Jul 18, 2012
- Parrikar inducts six new ministers in Goa - Apr 08, 2012
- In Goa, it's time to sponsor pilgrimages - Jan 18, 2012
- Five Goa ministers allotted portfolios - Mar 16, 2012
- Cabinet induction of Goa's only woman minister in limbo - May 07, 2012
Tags: ashwin, bad taste, behest, bharatiya janata party, chief electoral officer, creative exercise, criminal proceedings, election authorities, election symbol, goans, king herod, manohar parrikar, pair of scissors, party candidate, party leader, regional party, religious symbol, religious symbols, saldanha head, south goa