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Row over Bangladeshi actor campaigning for TMC in West Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A controversy has erupted in after popular Bangladeshi Ahmed campaigned for the state's ruling TMC, prompting the BJP to lodge a complaint with the claiming it violated the model code of conduct.

State BJP leaders and Sisir Bajoria met the state's (CEO) Ariz Aftab and urged him to take appropriation action over the alleged violation of the model code.

A video showing and Bengali actors Ankush and Payal participating in a roadshow to seek votes for Trinamool Congress candidate for Raiganj Lok Sabha seat Kanhaiyalal Agarwal on Sunday has gone viral on

The BJP leaders met Aftab on Monday to register their complaint.

"We believe that it is a compeletely illegal move executed intentionally. This is a proof of the TMC's bankrupt politics," the Majumdar, the state BJP vice president, said.

He wanted to know how a Bangladeshi national visiting the country on a tourist visa could campaign for a candidate, and alleged that the was brought it to polarise minority voters in the constituency.

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

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

"I have no knowledge about this (Ferdous 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 Suvendu Adhikary was present," Agarwal said.

and former Madan Mitra was dismissive about the 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.

When approached for comments, a at the CEO's office tersely said the matter is being looked into.

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

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 17:25 IST
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