Of late, mercurial Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been more in the news for hobnobbing with the political type rather than his Dabangg acts on celluloid.
First, he waded into a controversy for prancing at a multi-crore gala of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh at Safai in Uttar Pradesh when the riot-victims in the same state were battling severe winter chill at the ill-equipped relief camps.
Next up, he created quite a stir by flying kites with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sankranti and even endorsed the BJP PM candidate.
Well, now Salman has come full circle: he’s offered to campaign for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
In a chat with The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla on IBN7’s ’Teekhi Baat’, Salman waxed eloquent on Rahul. Not that the other politicians were left out, he praised most of them saying that they were doing a fine job.
But for Rahul he was ready to campaign anytime, anywhere. It was vintage Salman-- wearing his heart on the sleeves-- the superstar said he liked Rahul as a politician and was willing to campaign for him “whenever his help is required”.
Where does that leave his endorsement and newfound friendship with Modi? His logic for this was rather simple.
“Modi does not need me in Gujarat. He is very popular,” Salman said.
In other words,the Congress scion could do with a helping hand.
Salman also took it upon himself to defend Modi by harping on the point that the Gujarat Chief Minister’s popularity in his own state was immense and he had seen it with his own eyes. And, therefore, there was no need for him to campaign for Modi.
“I like Rahul. If he calls me I will definitely campaign for him,” he added.
But Salman being Salman refuses to get straight-jacketed into any one political line. So it seems.
He can easily flit from a Mulayam Singh to Modi while keeping Rahul on the radar. And for all you know, it could be for a Kejriwal act.