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Bollywood Celebrities Promoted Politicians For Money, Claims Indian Website

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– Several Bollywood stars received money to promote political narratives of particular parties on social media, Indian investigative website Cobrapost alleges.

The blog claims in most cases the party was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The website said it conducted an investigation “Operation Karaoke”, posing as employees of a fictitious public relations agency and using aliases.

The sting operation revealed that playback singers Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh and Baba Sehgal, actors Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Sonu Sood, Amisha Patel, Mahima Chaudhry, Shreyas Talpade, Puneet Issar, Surendra Pal, Pankaj Dheer and his son Nikitin Dheer were willing to post favourable messages on social media for political parties in exchange for money.

Other actors who were on this list included Tisca Chopra, Deepshikha Nagpal, Akhilendra Mishra, Rohit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Salim Zaidi, Rakhi Sawant, Aman Verma, Hiten Tejwani and spouse Gauri Pradhan, Evelyn Sharma, Minissha Lamba, Koena Mitra, Poonam Pandey, Sunny Leone, comedians Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, Rajpal Yadav, Upasana Singh, Krushna Abhishek and Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar, and choreographer Ganesh Acharya and dancer Sambhavana Seth.

Some of the stars also agreed to post such messages without payment, the report added.

However, some celebrities, including Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Raza Murad and Saumya Tandon, refused to promote any political party, Cobrapost claimed.

SOURCE: WEB MONITORING