Akhil Iyer, the Indian actor who was recently seen in the movie HIT: The First Case has lashed out against the Indian National Congress on Twitter for allegedly using his face on their campaign poster without any consent from his side. 

In his post, the actor wrote, “I am appalled to see that my face is being used illegally and without my consent for “40% Sarkara” – an @INCIndia campaign that i have nothing to do with.” He has also tagged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the Karnataka Assembly’s Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah (who is also the former Karnataka CM), and the Twitter handle of INC Karnataka, asking them “to please look into this”.

Check out his post right here:

The 40% Sarkara campaign is an initiative by the Congress to highlight alleged corruption in the running of the state government in Karnataka where the BJP is in power under chief minister Basavaraj Bommai

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Deccan Herald reports that last week a number of posters were found across Bengaluru that had a likeness of Bommai along with a QR code imprinted on them. The posters were titled “PayCM” and scanning the QR code would redirect one to the “40 per cent Saraka” website launched by the Congress. The term “40 per cent” is a reference to an alleged 40% commission taken illegally from contractors by the ruling party officials for state-funded projects.

Posters with such allegations were also found in Hyderabad when Bommai had gone to visit the city during the Hyderabad Liberation Day celebrations.

Iyer, a Bengaluru native, marked his entry into Bollywood with the Saif Ali Khan production Lekar Hum Deewana Dil in 2014. He has also worked in the Tamil film industry on projects like Iruvar Ondranal and Nijama Nizhala. The 34-year-old actor, who also pursued theatre earlier during his career, received praise for his performance in the Rajkummar Rao and Sanya Malhotra-starrer HIT: The First Case. It remains to be seen whether he follows through with his claim of taking legal recourse against the Kerala unit of the Congress.