New Delhi: More than 30 Bollywood celebrities have allegedly been caught in a sting operation while agreeing to promote the agenda of parties for money.
Online portal Cobrapost claimed on Tuesday that the celebrities including Jackie Shroff, Kailash Kher, Sonu Sood and PM Modi’s biopic star Vivek Oberoi were asked to promote the agenda of parties on social media platforms in exchange for money.
Operation Karaoke by Cobrapost had its reporters posing as representatives from a public relations company and meeting actors, singers, dancers and TV stars through their managers to allegedly strike a deal ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The Cobrapost’s editor-in-chief, Aniruddha Bahl at a presser said the sting revolves around 36 celebrities agreeing to post messages on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to help create a favourable environment for certain political parties in the run-up to the elections.
The TV and film stars agreed to tweet content on various issues to be provided to them before posting the same on their social media platforms to make it look like their own, Bahl alleged.
“They would defend the government even on controversial issues such as rape and fatal accidents such as bridge collapses. They were even willing to sign a dummy contract for endorsement of products to disguise the real nature of the proxy political campaigning that they were willing to do,” Bahl said.
According to Cobrapost, the party in question was, in most cases, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and the Congress in some instances.