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Salman Khan in soup again

Actor Salman Khan says that he has been unnecessarily dragged into the migration controversy as he or his family have not made any statement supporting this issue.
Hindustan Times | By Princy Jain, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2008 12:12 PM IST

Salman Khan does attract trouble, doesn't he?

On Thursday, Mumbai's newspapers had reported that the Raj Thackeray -led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) which had begun by attacking Amitabh Bachchan had roped in the actor in their campaign to drive away outsiders from Mumbai.

MNS spokesperson Shishir Parker was quoted as saying, "Salman, Sohail and Salim Khan are among those who have expressed their support by sending us letters."

Hate wave
Result: immediate negative and hate-feedback for the actor and his family. Salman says, "This is to reaffirm before the media and the public that my family and I have been unnecessarily dragged into the migration issue regarding North Indians."

According to the actor, "The media story about our support on this issue has been misrepresented. I can confirm that my family and I have not made any such statement or endorsed any campaign supporting this issue."

Being helpful
A source says that the actor had been contacted and had agreed to hear the issue. "Sallu bhai is always eager to help everyone. He might have agreed to lend an ear to this issue, but he never gave any commitment," the source maintains.

In Salman's words, "It disturbs and pains me to see people reacting to this unverified quote so strongly without confirming the credibility of the quote."

About his family's involvement, Salman says, "We ourselves were originally migrants.We are not in any kind of position to support such claims. We are a secular nationalist family with members from different faiths and communities. We need to rise above divisive approaches and celebrate our unity at every given opportunity." clarifies Salman Khan.

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