Trinamool Congress (TMC) is engaging Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed to campaign for its Lok Sabha candidate Kanaia Lal Agarwal from Raiganj in North Dinajpur district.
Speaking to News18, an election agent of Agarwal, Musharraf Hussain, said, “Ferdous is a famous actor in Bangladesh and we requested him to take part in road shows for the Trinamool Congress in the Lok Sabha election. He agreed.”
He said, “Today, Ferdous, along with Tollywood actors Payel Sarkar and Ankush, participated in road shows in Raiganj and Hemtabad. On April 15, he will campaign in Karandighi and Islampur. Today, the response was excellent. We are expecting a good crowd on Monday, as well.”
BJP’s Bengal president Dilip Ghosh said, “How can an Indian-registered political party engage a foreign national (Ferdous) for political road shows in West Bengal. I have never heard this before. It seems the party doesn’t have an Indian star for canvassing. Tomorrow, Banerjee will invite Pakistan Prime Minister Imaran Khan to campaign for the TMC. We condemn this as a Bangladeshi film star should not be a part of India’s biggest democratic festival.”
He said, “By engaging a Bangladeshi actor, the ruling party is trying to woo the nearly 50% Muslims voters in North Dinajpur. The Trinamool is scared of us and hence, bringing foreign actors here.”
Several twitter users have criticized TMC for this move.
Watch: Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed campaigning for TMC candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal in Raigunj. Says, vote for TMC. BJP alleges violation of MCC after a foreign national campaigns for TMC. EC takes cognisance of the matter @dna @ZeeNews @WIONews pic.twitter.com/Ed3ubeF1EC
— Pooja Mehta (@pooja_news) April 15, 2019
“Bangladeshi Star Campaigns for Trinamool“
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) April 15, 2019
#Shocking: Bangladeshi Star Ferdous is Campaigning for TMC in North Dinajpur, West Bengal.
I have never heard this before. It seems the party doesn’t have an Indian star for canvassing. Tomorrow, @MamataOfficial will invite Imran Khan to campaign for the TMC. We condemn this! pic.twitter.com/ReV1JW1QWI
— Kalyan Chaubey (@kalyanchaubey) April 15, 2019