New Delhi: Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Thursday put the reports of him contesting upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 to rest. He also asserted that he will not be campaigning for any political party for the polls, the first phase of which will begin on April 11.
His clarification came a few hours after reports started doing rounds that the actor has been 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 was quoted as saying in a PTI report 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.
“He spent his childhood in Indore. His grandfather was a senior police officer there,” the Congress spokesperson added. 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.
The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in seven phases, beginning April 11. Polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held over four phases starting April 29. The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The results will also be announced on the same day.