Days after BJP complained against campaigning by a Bangladeshi film star for Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, this time the TMC has approached the Election Commission of India raising objection over wrestler Khali campaigning for the BJP in the state, alleging that ” the party is using him to misguide Indian voters.”
In a letter to the EC, TMC said that Dalip Singh Rana who goes by his pro wrestling name “the great Khali” is not an Indian citizen. “Mr Rana is not an Indian citizen and holds citizenship under the United States of America. Therefore, a foreigner should not be allowed to influence the minds of the Indian electors as he has little or no knowledge as to who should be an appropriate MP in India,” the letter read.
On Friday, Khali turned up for the nomination filing of BJP candidate for Jadavpur constituency Anupam Hazra, drawing huge crowds. During the event, India’s first world heavyweight wrestling champion in WWE, Khali said that Anupam Hazra was a like a “brother” to him.
He urged the people to vote for Anupam Hazra, saying, “I will come whenever and wherever he calls me.” Anupam Hazra is a former Trinamool Congress leader who had won from the Bolpur Lok Sabha constituency on TMC ticket in 2014. In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he is contesting against TMC’s Mimi Chakraborty and CPI(M)’s Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya.