The US Republican Party has apologized to Hindus after a notice intended to charm them wound up culpable.

The advertisement, distributed to commend a Hindu celebration for the elephant-headed god Ganesha, likewise incorporated the political message: “OK venerate a jackass or an elephant? The decision is yours.”

The jackass is the political image for the Democrats while the elephant is the image for the Republicans.

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) called the advertisement “tricky”.

It asked the gathering’s branch in Texas’ Fort Bend County, which distributed the promotion in a neighborhood daily paper, for illumination.

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