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Govt orders Bangladeshi actor to leave India after row over his alleged campaign for TMC in WB

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Kolkata 

Ahmed was ordered to leave the country immediately and his business visa cancelled, an said Tuesday, two days after he allegedly campaigned for West Bengal's ruling TMC that sparked a political row.

state BJP leaders and also met the state's Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab on Monday to register a complaint and urged him to take appropriation action over the alleged violation of the model code of conduct by the Trinamool Congress(TMC).

A video showing Ahmed and Bengali actors Ankush and Payal participating in a roadshow on Sunday to seek votes for Kanhaiyalal Agarwal, the TMC candidate from Raiganj Lok Sabha seat, went viral on

"All should vote for the All should vote for didi (TMC Mamata Banerjee)," Ahmed was claimed to have told voters while sharing the dais with Agarwal.

The Centre Tuesday issued a 'Leave India' notice and cancelled the business visa given to the

Ahmed has also been "blacklisted" by the Union Home Ministry, thus jeopardising the prospects of his future travel to

"After receiving a report from the regarding visa violations committed by a Bangladesh National, Ahmed, the home ministry has cancelled his business visa and issued him a 'Leave India' notice. He has also been blacklisted. The FRRO Kolkata has been directed to ensure compliance of these orders," a said in

The move comes hours after the central government sought a report from the (FRRO), Kolkata, on the Bangladeshi over his alleged poll campaign.

Majumdar, the state BJP vice president, wanted to know how a Bangladeshi national on a visit to the country could campaign for a candidate, and alleged that the actor was brought to polarise minority voters in the constituency.

"We believe that it is a completely illegal move executed intentionally. This is a proof of the TMC's bankrupt politics," he said.

When reached by for comments, Agarwal said he had no knowledge of the actor canvassing for him.

"I have no knowledge about this (Ahmed campaigning for him). I have only two star campaigners and I have participated in Mamata's two rallies and today I took part in a roadshow in Islampur where was present," Agarwal said.

Senior TMC and former was dismissive about any violation of the model code because of a Bangladeshi national campaigning in an election in

"I don't know whether the actor participated in the rally or was invited by the candidate. But I don't think there is any violation of the model code. The code says a foreigner cannot be a candidate but I think there is no harm if anybody participates in campaigning. I don't see any violation of the MCC," Mitra said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 20:55 IST
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