According to BJP leader JP Majumdar, as a Bangladeshi national, Ferdous cannot campaign for an Indian political party in the country's national elections
Leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Election Commission officials in Kolkata, India, on Tuesday to file a complaint against Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed, who was seen at an election rally of Trinamool Congress (TMC).
According to BJP leader JP Majumdar, as a Bangladeshi national, Ferdous cannot campaign for an Indian political party in the country's national elections.
“We understand that foreign nationals can’t participate in the electioneering process in India. When TMC is using Bangladeshi nationals (actor Ferdous) for campaigning, they are breaking the rules. He should be arrested for breach of visa rules,” Majumdar was quoted as saying by ANI.
On Sunday, Ferdous was seen campaigning for TMC candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal at Raigunj constituency. He was accompanied by Bengali Tollywood (Kolkata) actors Ankush and Payal.
The three actors, along with the TMC candidate, participated in a roadshow from Karandighi to Islampur, according to reports.
After the roadshow, Ferdous took the stage to share a speech with the audience: "All should vote for the Trinamool Congress. All should vote for didi (sister)."
In its complaint, the BJP said that Ferdous’ participation was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
BJP leader Pratap Banerjee said that the decision to include Ferdous in the campaign process shows “Trinamool Congress’ love for Bangladeshis”.
Defending the party’s decision, TMC Minister Madan Mitra asserted that his party “will not do anything that is anti-national, illegal or violative of the MCC”.
Many Bangali actors have long been associated with the TMC, either as campaign magnets or as candidates. The party is fielding actors like Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty in the ongoing Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) elections.