MUMBAI – Salim Khan, a noted scriptwriter and father of Indian film star Salman Khan, launched Urdu version of the official website of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, an Indian TV channel reported on Wednesday.
Salim Khan, who has scripted popular Indian films like Sholay and Deewar, launched the website from his residence in Mumbai. “I share a personal relation with Narendra Modiji, so we launched the website at my place. I like Urdu language. I had given the suggestion of this website to Narendra Modiji,” he said.
“This is not a BJP strategy for Muslim voters,” he said and feels Muslims need to put behind the memories of 2002 Gujarat riots and move forward while insisting that the community finds itself ‘safe’ in India. “No one can justify that (the riots). It should never happen. I am sure Mr Modi has learnt the lesson and that no one will die in his regime,” he said.
“The Muslims find themselves safe in this country. They only need basic amenities, job, education, food,” he said. However, he said he was disappointed with the Congress party. “I was a Congress loyal...I used to vote for them. I am disappointed with them on certain issues. But even if today they have any good candidate then I will support them,” he said.
He said political parties had offered him tickets several times to contest elections but he was not interested. “I have friends in BJP, Shiv Sena as well. I have been offered ticket to contest elections but I am not interested in this,” he said. “This is not BJP’s strategy for Muslim voters.” He said.