The actor Salman Khan worries are yet to be over. The actor who is still facing the heat for attending Safai Mahotsav organised by Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh despite alleged mismanagement in Muzaffarnagar riots relief camps, is now under attack by the same party.
The party has sought an apology from the actor for giving a “clean chit” to the Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in 2002 riots failing which it threatens to stop the release of the Khan’s film “Jai Ho” which is set to release today. Party also says it would seek ban on film from the government.
In a letter written shot off to Salman Khan, the Maharashtra unit of the party has said, “The clean chit given by you to Modi has made the minority community restless and your minority fans feel hurt.”
The letter, written by Zulfikar Azmi, secretary of minority cell of SP, states that SIT has given the clean chit to Modi but Supreme Court decision is still pending. “You are a sensitive person and were not supposed to say such things. It seems you did so to appease Modi and for personal gains,” states the letter with a threat to take to streets to stop the film screening in Maharashtra and inciting the minority community on this issue.
Salman Khan attended the kite festival in Ahmedabad on January 14 soon after attending the Saifai festival and had lauded the Modi for good work and also remarked that since the investigative agency has given him a clean chit over communal riots, it means he was not at fault.
Khan’s comment put the SP on back foot which was hoping to consolidate its minority vote bank through Khan’s presence which was dented after Muzaffarnagar riots. The party relies mainly on minority votes.
Khan couldn’t be contacted. It was unclear if he has received the letter. However, Congress leader Nizamuddin Rayeen said, “In the same kite festival Salman has stated he backs Congress representatives Priya Dutt and Baba Siddiqi. Moreover, Salman praised Modi but didn’t support his candidature for PM post. So, this is a non-issue. SP leaders are unsuccessfully trying to seek attention of minority community.” He also called Zulfikar as “galli ka neta”. Abu Azmi, chief of Maharashtra unit of SP was unreachable, however, general secretary of the party Abdul Qadir said, “I have no knowledge about this letter though I am 100% sure that Salman did wrong giving such statement to a tainted person.”
The film directed by Sohail Khan, stars Salman, Tabu, Danny Denzongpa, newcomer Daisy Shah, Sana Khan, Suniel Shetty and others. The film is a remake of Telugu flick 'Stalin'.