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EC says there is nothing mentioned in rule book against foreigners campaigning

The Election Commission on Tuesday(April 16) said, there is nothing mentioned in the rule book over using foreign nationals in the election campaign.

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)in West Bengal landed itself in a major controversy after its Raiganj constituency candidate used Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed to campaign for him in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in West Bengal was to file a complaint against Trinamool Congress(TMC) at the Election Commission against the party’s use of Bangladeshi actor for its campaign in Raiganj.

“There is nothing mentioned in the rule book, we shall look into it if we receive any complaint,” said Sanjay Basu, Additional Chief Electoral Officer.

A delegation from the Bharatiya Janata Party will be meeting the Chief Electoral Officer over this matter.

The sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) however said that the Superintendent of police of the concerned district is duty bound to send a report to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office(FRRO) which has not been done so far.

The Bangladeshi film star was seen seeking votes for TMC candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi near the Indo-Bangladesh border.

Ferdous Ahmed along with Tollywood actors Ankush Hazra and Payal even took part in a roadshow for Kanhaiyalal Agarwal.

Reacting to the development, the Bharatiya Janata Party has accused the TMC of blatantly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

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