In a major controversy, Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed was seen campaigning in favour of the Trinamool Congress candidate from Raigunj constituency Kanhaiyalal Agarwal on Sunday. With the issue at hand, Bhartiya Janta Party has moved Election Commission and filed a complaint against the Trinamool Congress. BJP is crying foul stating that participation of a foreign national in an election campaign is a "sheer violation of the Model Code of Conduct".
Moreover, sources has informed Republic TV that Ministry of Home Affairs will send notices to foreign actors on a tourist visa in India if found to be involved in any other activity; specially in an election process. Nodal agency has been informed to act swiftly and sternly, as per sources.
Taking to Republic TV, Union Minister Babul Supiyo said:
"Why is this an allegation? This is the reality right? We have seen Bangladeshi actor campaign for TMC. I believe that TMC has definately sensed defeat from people in West Bengal. That's why they are doing whatever it takes. They are doing everything that is not constitutional and not ethical and undemocractic led and orchasted by Mamata Banerjee. Everything that is happening is after the nod of Chief Minister. This is the legal part of it otherwise, it really does not matter. Let them do whatever they want to do. We have our Prime MInister getting engrossed with the world leaders. This does not really matter to National Party. But legally this should be investigated".
On April 14, Ferdous Ahmed was seen campaigning for TMC candidate from Raiganj Lok Sabha seat Kanhaiya Lal Agarwal in North Dinajpur. Accompanied by Bengali actors Ankush and Payal, Ahmed also participated in a roadshow from Karandighi to Islampur.
Reacting to the development, the BJP said it was an attempt by the ruling TMC to woo minorities who play a decisive role in Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency.
"It is illegal. We want action against Trinamool and have moved to the Election Commission," BJP leader Pratap Banerjee told a leading daily. "This clearly establishes that for Mamata Banerjee [chief minister] everything has to come from across the border. She always says that people from across the border are welcome while opposing National Register of Citizens (NRC)," BJP leader Sishir Bajoria had said.
Reacting to the incident, BJP West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh had questioned whether "TMC doesn't have anyone from India to campaign for them". He said that he is very "surprised" and questioned whether, "tomorrow, Mamata Banerjee will invite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to campaign for the TMC."