These schemes have occurred in the events leading up to the 2019 Indian election. Among these TV and Film personalities are established actors, singers, stand-up comedians, directors and dancers. Among the list are singers: Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Mika Singh and Baba Sehgal, Kailash Kher, 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, Tisca Chopra, Deepshikha Nagpal, Akhilendra Mishra, Rohit Roy, Rahul Bhat, and Poonam Pandey, Sunny Leonne. It is indeed shocking to see such well known members of the media industry have been found guilty of accepting bribes in return for political promotion.
These celebrities have ultimately chosen to accept black money and taking part in the aforementioned unethical and illegal practice. However, some exceptional personalities such as Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Raza Murad and Saumya Tandon, have openly chosen to decline the offer and abide to follow their moral consciousness.
It was discovered that the celebs would slightly alter the material on various issues to be given to them before posting the same on their social media profiles to make it appear as their own words. They would also defend government workers on controversial issues such as rape and human trafficking. Some celebrities would even agree to briefly talk about or promote the alleged parties at the box office openings of their new films. Posts in support of specific MPs and manifestos were published on celebrity Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
The parties generally in question were the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress Party in some cases.
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