In a world where politics and technology collide, a hilarious showdown is taking place between online payments platform PhonePe and the once untouchable Congress party. Who would have thought that the party that was once beyond reproach and criticism would now find itself as a global punching bag?
Let’s look into this comical tale of branding blunders, unauthorized usage, and a complete disregard for consequences. Buckle up and get ready to witness this humorous clash of titans.
“Corruption Nath” and “Wanted” Posters
It all started when PhonePe, the popular online payments platform, discovered its name and logo being misused on posters attacking Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In the midst of a fierce poster battle between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress, PhonePe took a stand. It protested vehemently against the unauthorized usage and demanded the removal of the posters, threatening legal action.
The first set of posters emerged, targeting Kamal Nath, the president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee. These cheeky posters referred to him as “Corruption Nath” and “Wanted,” alleging his involvement in various frauds in the state. They even included QR codes, urging people to “scan to prevent scams.” Oh, the irony!
Not one to be outdone, the Congress party retaliated with posters targeting Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. These posters, adorned with his image and a QR code, humorously suggested that paying a 50% commission via PhonePe could get your work done. It seems like the Congress party has a knack for getting creative with their attacks, even if it means risking legal consequences and the wrath of tech giants.
PhonePe, understandably, was not amused by the unauthorized usage of its brand logo. In a witty and straightforward manner, they objected to any third party, political or non-political, misusing their logo. They warned that legal action would be taken against such unauthorized usage and demanded the immediate removal of the posters. It seems like PhonePe won’t take any funny business when it comes to their branding.
The PhonePe logo is a registered trademark of our company and any unauthorized use of PhonePe’s intellectual property rights will invite legal action. We humbly request @INCMP to remove the posters and banners featuring our brand logo and colour 🙏.
Interestingly, this is not the first time the Congress party has found itself in hot water due to unauthorized usage of brands. Last year, during Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, the party’s social media team posted several promotional videos, one of which turned out to be a direct rip-off from the movie “KGF” (aka “Sultan”). The owner of the music used in the video threatened to sue unless the videos were taken down. It appears that the Congress party never learns from its mistakes and has a knack for landing itself in sticky situations.
The Congress party’s adventures in unauthorized usage extend beyond just branding. Their social media team seems to have a talent for creating controversies. From plagiarizing music to using misleading information, their social media blunders have become a topic of amusement and ridicule. It’s as if they have a secret plan to provide comic relief in the political arena, and who knows it better than the chief campaigner of BJP, sorry, the PM forever in waiting, Shri Rahul Gandhi?
Despite the repeated instances of unauthorized usage and the subsequent backlash, the Congress party seems to have learned nothing from their past mistakes. Their eagerness to take creative liberties and disregard the consequences continues to land them in awkward situations. Perhaps they should consider hiring a team of branding experts and copyright lawyers before embarking on their next campaign.
The battle between PhonePe and the Congress party has turned into a sidesplitting comedy of branding blunders and unauthorized usage. Who would have thought that a political battle would involve QR codes, poster wars, and threats of legal action? But trust Congress with that!
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