Fact Check of controversy around Nationality and birth certificate of newly inducted BJP member Anju Ghosh

Posted on 2019-06-07 11:58:43 by Himani Joshi


Some reports have claimed that she was born in 1956 in Faridpur district in the-then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). But she is an Indian citizen since she is holding an Indian passport.

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A Famous Bangladesh film actress Anju Ghosh joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in the presence of state party president Dilip Ghosh In Kolkata on 5 June. During the event' Anju Ghosh was handed over a BJP flag. When asked by the media about her present citizenship status, the actress, however, refused to answer queries as to whether she was still a Bangladeshi citizen or has been given Indian citizenship by India.

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ANI tweeted a post with the caption "West Bengal: Bangladeshi Actress Anju Ghosh joined BJP in presence of state party president Dilip Ghosh in Kolkata, earlier today. When she was asked about her present citizenship, she denied to speak.

Many media houses also reported this including Indian ExpressTimes Of India, Hindustan Times and India Today 

After that opposition party leaders and people raised questions on social media about the citizenship of Anju Ghosh and they also targetted the party. Opposition leaders said that now BJP will be the Bangladeshi Janata Party with Bharatiya Janata Party.

Former General Secretary Md Salim posted on Twitter along with India Today's story that "Will her name be there in NRC? Is she also a termite as per @AmitShah’s claims? Will Ajay Bisht campaign against her in West Bengal assembly elections? Don’t know who’s more shameless, BJP leaders or its supporters!

She was born in Kolkata

Anju Ghosh broke her silence about her controversy over nationality while speaking to News18. Ghosh said, “I was born in Bengal and worked in Bengali film industry as well as in Bangladesh. I have an Indian passport and a voter ID card. In this election, I exercised my voting rights. It’s sad to know that people are raising questions about my nationality. Anju Ghosh said she had lost her parents and had been staying in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area for the last three decades. “I joined the BJP because I want to serve the people. I don’t know why they are now raising questions over my nationality,” she said. “I am feeling threatened.”

On the controversy surrounding Anju, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh tweeted to make her birth certificate public. This shows that Anju has been born in India. His tweet reads, "Srmt. Anju Ghosh has recently joined our BJP. It has created some ripples and questions about her citizenship status. She is an Indian citizen and to rest all doubts, her “Birth Certificate” is the proof of her nationality".


Many people have been saying that the birth certificate is not enough to prove someone's nationality as they can get the citizenship of another country anytime. According to the birth certificate of Anju Ghosh issued by the health department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, she was born at East End Nursing home in Kolkata. Her date of birth is 17th September 1966 while the date of registration is the 22nd of December 2003.

According to Indian Citizenship act 1995 by birth (section 3), A person born in India on or after 26th January 1950 but before 1st July 1987 is a citizen of India by birth irrespective of the nationality of his parents.

However, the birth certificate can fake as well since it was issued in 2003. Some reports claim that she was born in 1956 in Faridpur district in the-then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Since she is holding an Indian passport, we can safely consider her an Indian citizen.

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