Bollywood super star Salman Khan today ruled out speculations in the media stating that he will be contesting in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, nor campaigning in his home city Indore. He asserted that he will not be campaigning for any political party for the polls.
His clarification came a few hours after reports started doing rounds that he was approached by the Congress to campaign for it in Madhya Pradesh’s commercial capital Indore. Rejecting the reports, the actor took to Twitter and posted,” Contrary to the rumours I am not contesting elections nor campaigning for any political party..”
Notably, Salman Khan was born in Indore’s Palasia area in 1965 and spent a substantial part of his childhood in that city before moving to Mumbai. Earlier in the day, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said that the ‘party leaders have already talked to Salman Khan to campaign for us in Indore’. He also added that the party is almost certain that the actor will campaign for it.
Further, he said that Khan is a huge crowd-puller and his contribution in the Congress’ poll campaign will change the party’s fortunes in the city. Indore has been a BJP bastion since Sumitra Mahajan defeated former chief minister and senior Congress member Prakash Chandra Sethi in 1989. Salman Khan campaigned and participated in a road show for the Congress’ Indore mayoral candidate Pankaj Sanghavi in 2009.
In a separate tweet, the actor responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s post, explaining the power of vote, in which he along with several Bollywood actors were tagged. “We are a democracy and it is every Indian’s right to vote. I urge every eligible Indian to exercise your right and participate in making the Government,” Khan posted.