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Bengaluru: Actor Threatens Legal Action Against Congress For Using His Photo In ‘PayCM’ Posters

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A Bengaluru-based actor, Akhil Iyer, has objected to using his {photograph} as a part of Karnataka Congress’s ‘PayCM poster’ marketing campaign and threatened authorized motion towards the social gathering. In accordance with Iyer, his {photograph} was used with out his permission. Congress has now deleted the posts that included his photographs on the “40 per cent sarkara” web page on Instagram.

Iyer, who describes himself as an actor and producer on Twitter, clarified on Twitter that he had no affiliations with the marketing campaign. He additionally threatened authorized motion towards these accountable.

Congress has put up ‘PayCM posters’ that includes Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai’s picture all through Bengaluru as a part of its marketing campaign towards the BJP. The “40% sarkara” posters are supposed to focus on how the present BJP regime has allegedly made 40 per cent fee charge the norm. 

One of many posters featured Akhil Iyer’s picture and phrases akin to “Are you continue to numb?” and “The gluttony of 40% sarkara has robbed over 54,000 youths of a profession”.

The actor took to Twitter to protest the “unlawful” use of his picture, saying, “I’m appalled to see that my face is getting used illegally and with out my consent for “40% Sarkara,” a Congress marketing campaign that I’ve nothing to do with.” I can be taking authorized motion towards this.”

Priyank Kharge, MLA and head of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s communication cell, stated the posts have been eliminated. “For such campaigns, we typically solely use Shutterstock photographs. I am unsure if the picture was utilized by mistake,” he stated. “We have now pulled down the submit and are trying into the complaints,” he advised The Indian Specific.

In a tweet attacking the Congress, BJP chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa wrote, “Akhil Iyer is the face of New India, and that face doesn’t align with Congress lies and false propaganda.” “You may now not power folks to love your lies and assist your hate marketing campaign,” he stated, accusing Congress and Rahul Gandhi.

The ‘PayCM’ posters carries Bommai’s image in the midst of a QR code with the message “40% accepted right here”. Scanning the QR code on the posters takes the person to the 40 per cent ‘sarkara’ web site launched by the Congress for bribery associated complaints.

Lately, a contractors’ physique alleged that contractors needed to pay 40 per cent fee to get public works contracts. The allegation was strongly denied by the Karnataka authorities.

Earlier this 12 months, contractor Santhosh Patil, who accused former Rural Growth and Panchayat Raj Division minister KS Eshwarappa of corruption, dedicated suicide in an Udupi lodge. In a letter, the contractor claimed that the minister demanded a 40% bribe from contractors for every venture and that he had spent greater than Rs 15 lakh on bribes alone, reported Hindustan Occasions. 

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