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MCC not specific on foreigner canvassing for a party: EC

Monday - April 15, 2019 9:32 pm , Category : INDIA
Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) In the wake of a controversy over famed Bangladesh actor Ferdous Ahmed campaigning for a Trinamool Congress candidate in West Bengal, the Election Commission on Monday said the model code of conduct (MCC) doesn't specifically state anything about a foreign national canvassing for any political party.
Ahmed, a Bangladesh national now working in Bengali film industry, on Sunday campaigned for Trinamool's candidate Kanaia Lal Agarwal from Raiganj in North Dinajpur district. He was seen along with two other Bengali actors, Ankush Hazra and Payel Sarkar.
Asked if it is a violation or if any party has complained against this campaign, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu said: "The MCC does not have anything specifically written regarding this. If anyone complains we will see to it."
Regarding the armed Ram Navami processions and gatherings, Basu said the event was being monitored on a case to case basis.
As per a senior officer in the Commission, if a group or even a candidate is seen with arms as a part of a religious event, it is not an MCC violation.
However, if the candidate is seen asking for votes in such events, it is a violation. Similarly, no one can be seen with arms during a political event.
The Chief Eelectoral Officer's office has seized 11,18,410 litres of liquor and Rs 26.35 crore cash since the announcement of election, Basu added.

--IANS bnd/ssp/nir