Saumya Tandon had become a hero when she refused to accept money to promote a political party’s agenda in the Cobrapost’s Operation Karaoke earlier this year. Weeks later, her own show Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain has found itself violating the poll code by promoting the BJP’s agenda.
The Maharashtra unit of the Congress approached the Election Commission earlier this month seeking a ban on Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain and two other Zee TV programmes after they were found to be praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s flagship schemes. The Congress argued that the channels owned by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra had violated the Model Code of Conduct.
Reacting to the development, Saumya told Spotboye website, “I haven’t resumed work yet and that’s why the channel will be a better entity to answer this question.” The channel, &TV, has not made any statement after being caught indulging in unethical means to push the BJP’s agenda.
Saumya, who plays the character of Anita Bhabhi in Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain show, is currently on maternity leave after she gave birth to a baby boy earlier this year. Soon after she was hailed for not accepting money from the Cobrapost’s sting investigative journalists, she had told Janta Ka Reporter that she will never sell herself for money.
Saumya had said, “Well, in my 12 years of career in the entertainment industry, there have been many times that I have been approached for either endorsing a political party especially closer to the elections or to rally for a particular candidate or talk about a particular party on social media or go attend their parties. I have never done that. I will never do that.”
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As reported by Janta Ka Reporter, two programmes aired on Zee Media-owned channels hailed key government schemes of the Narendra Modi government such as Ujjwala Gas Yojana, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Mudra Yojana.