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Salman lauds Modi at kite- flying festival

CALL IT ' Saifai effect' or political maturity, Dabangg actor Salman Khan on Tuesday displayed his diplomatic side in Ahmedabad when he joined Narendra Modi in flying kites on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. But while he lavished praises on BJP's prime ministerial candidate calling him a good man, Khan stopped short of endorsing Modi for the top job.

" God will decide the best man for Bharat... for India," Khan said as the two got together to fly kites during Uttarayan.

" Modi sahib ka takdir mein jo hain, who unko milega ," ( whatever is there in Modi's destiny, he will get it) Khan said, avoiding a direct endorsement for his prime ministerial ambition.

" I liked Modiji," Khan said, adding that people of each constituency will have to decide who is best for them.

He also pointed out that while Modi is the best man for people of Gujarat, it is Priya Dutt and Baba Siddiqui for him in Bandra constituency.

Earlier, Khan had lunch with Modi. Apart from tweeting couple of photographs of the meeting, Modi tweeted: " Having Undhiyu for lunch with Salman Khan. Undhiyu is a Gujarati delicacy and is a must- have during Uttarayan!" " It was good to see Salman Khan trying his hand at flying kites! He flew the kites well," Modi tweeted later.

Khan, who was earlier in the line of fire for attending the Saifai fest of the Samajwadi Party, had praised the Madhya Pradesh chief minister in a promotional event of a film earlier on Sunday.

While several actors from the Hindi film industry had visited Modi over the years, many among them -- like Paresh Rawal, Vivek Oberoi and Ajay Devgan -- either campaigned for him and the BJP, or endorsed him.

However, Khan's take on Modi assumes significance as BJP's prime ministerial candidate is reaching out to the Muslim community at this point.

As a matter of fact, Modi had wished the Muslims on Eid- e- Milad and tweeted: " Greetings on Milad- un- Nabi.

May this auspicious day strengthen the spirit of peace, harmony & happiness in our nation ( sic)."


LEAVING behind his strict rightwing look of saffron coloured kurta- pyjamas, scarves and orange tilak, Narendra Modi has adopted a more ' secular' look with the use of simple khadi material and an array of colours like black, brown, blue, green and cream. With his side- parted neat hair and a well- groomed white beard, he is portraying the image of a seasoned veteran in the game of politics and governance in stark contrast to his young competitors.

-- Radhika Bhalla

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Date:Jan 15, 2014
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