[pullquote]In this post: 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 13 March appeal to Aamir Khan and Salman Khan
2. The prime minister before every election makes separate appeals to citizens to vote where he does not seek votes for his party
3. Salman Khan reciprocates on Holi
4. Aamir Khan had responded on the very day Modi had issued the appeal
5. Separate histories of the relationship of Salman Khan and Aamir Khan with the BJP government[/pullquote]
New Delhi: As the first phase of the Lok Sabha election 2019 begins on 11 April and the political parties campaign with full zeal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13 March had tagged Bollywood stars in his tweets asking them to inspire voters to vote.
The prime minister before every election makes a separate appeal to citizens to vote where he does not seek votes for his party.
Modi tweeted on Thursday addressing Salman Khan and Aamir Khan with an invocation of the cult classic where the duo played the protagonists: Andaz Apna Apna. The prime minister asked the actors to inspire voters to exercise their franchise.
“Voting is not only a right but it’s also a duty. Dear @BeingSalmanKhan and @aamir_khan, It is time to inspire and motivate youth in your own Andaz to vote so that we can strengthen Apna Democracy & Apna country,” the prime minister wrote.
Voting is not only a right but it’s also a duty.
It is time to inspire and motivate youth in your own Andaz to vote so that we can strengthen Apna Democracy & Apna country.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2019
Salman Khan chose to answer the prime minister on the day of Holi.
He quoted the prime minister’s tweet to say, “We are a democracy and it is every Indian’s right to vote. I urge every eligible Indian to exercise your right and participate in making the Government.”
We are a democracy and it is every Indian's right to vote. I urge every eligible Indian to exercise your right and participate in making the Government. https://t.co/WsTdJ3w84O
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) March 21, 2019
Actor Aamir Khan had responded to the prime minister’s appeal the very day when Modi had urged the actors to request people to exercise their franchise.
Absolutely right sir, Hon PM. Let us all engage as citizens of the biggest democracy in the world. Let us fulfill our responsibility, and avail of our right to get our voice heard.
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) March 13, 2019
While Salman and his father, scriptwriter Salim Khan, not only campaigned for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Modi in the 2014 election but also took part in the prime minister’s functions like kite-flying in the subsequent years, Aamir Khan has had a chequered record.
Aamir Khan had got into the bad books of patriots in 2015 when, in an event organised by a media group, he had said his wife Kiran Rao was scared of the atmosphere of ‘intolerance’ in the country and wished to leave with their children.
When the contract of Aamir Khan with the Ministry of Tourism for the “Incredible India” campaign ended, it was not renewed.
However, it seemed the two sides mended the bridges in later years when the Ministry of Commerce appointed him as the brand ambassador of India’s service sector in China in 2018. A ministry official had said at that point of time, “Aamir Khan has won the hearts of millions of common Chinese citizens. He can create tremendous goodwill for India in China. He can be our brand ambassador to China and present our prowess in services sectors.”