Hours after Bharatiya Janta Party moved Election Commission and filed a complaint against TMC for using Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed for their election campaign, the Election Comission has stepped in the matter and assured that it will look into the details of the actor's VISA limit and permit before taking any action in this regard.
The move comes following reports that Bangladeshi star Ferdous Ahmed was seen campaigning in favour of the Trinamool candidate from Raigunj constituency Kanhaiyalal Agarwal on Sunday. BJP immediately cried foul and alleging "sheer Violation Of Model Code Of Conduct".
Moreover, sources informed Republic TV that Ministry of Home Affairs will also 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.
Earlier, Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo spoke to Republic TV and 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 this and then on the other hand, we have our Prime Minister getting engrossed with the world leaders. This does not really matter to a National Party like BJP. But legally this should be investigated".
Reacting to the incident, BJP West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh had questioned:
"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."