MUMBAI: Noted Bollywood scriptwriter and superstar Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan launched an Urdu website on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday. While launching the website to which he would regularly contribute with his pieces, Khan said that he was an admirer of Modi, but will vote for the Congress.
“Modi is an open-minded person, but I am a loyal voter of the Congress. Through my friend Zafar Sareshwala, I had suggested Modi that he starts a website in Urdu too. I am glad he accepted this suggestion,” said Khan whom BJP leader Shaina NC and businessman Sareshwala accompanied at the time of the website’s launch.
When asked if the website in Urdu amidst Lok Sabha poll was part of Modi’s attempt to woo Muslims, Khan clarified: “Urdu is not the language of Muslims alone. Even today many non-Muslims in Punjab use this beautiful language.”
Shaina NC too denied if it was aimed to get Muslim votes. “Salim saab is one of the finest writers and a great lover of Urdu. The fact that Modiji agreed to a website in Urdu only proves his inclusive approach and he wants to reach out to every section of the society.
The website will be interactive where readers can ask Modi questions and give their comments too,” explained Shaina. Ahmedabad-based Sareshwala added that Urdu website would help dispel many misunderstandings about Modi as well as Urdu.