India cancels visa of Bangladesh actor Ferdous

Actor Ferdous Ahmed is seen campaigning. Photo: Twitter
Actor Ferdous Ahmed is seen campaigning. Photo: Twitter

Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed will be sent back and blacklisted for violating his visa conditions by campaigning for the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the home ministry of India said on Tuesday, reports NDTV.

The home ministry of India asked for a report from the Bureau of Immigration after Ferdous’ presence at a Trinamool roadshow triggered controversy.

The ministry has cancelled his business visa and issued him a leave India notice.

Ferdous Ahmed also has been blacklisted. The Foreigners Regional Registration Office or FRRO Kolkata has been asked to follow the orders, the home ministry said, the NDTV report added.

"Based on media reports, he was asked whether he participated in the campaign or not. Ahmed told us that he was there for the purpose of shooting and had participated in the (ongoing Lok Sabha election) campaign. It was not a right thing to take part in the election as a foreign national. He was asked to go back," the official told IANS.

"We have also suggested to him that he should resume his shooting activities after the election season gets over," the official added.

The Election Commission on Monday said the Model Code of Conduct doesn't specifically state anything about a foreign national canvassing for any political party.

Asked if it is a violation of the poll code or if any party has complained against the actor, additional chief electoral officer Sanjay Basu had said: "The MCC does not have anything specifically written regarding this. If anyone complains, we will see to it."

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday lodged a complaint against the Trinamool candidate on violation of model code of conduct on foreigner canvassing for a party.