Tamil parties brand Salman 'traitor'

Monday 05th January 2015 10:45 EST

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have branded Bollywood actor Salman Khan “traitor” and “betrayer” after he campaigned for Sri Lankan president during his controversial visit to the island nation. Pictures of Salman Khan and his “Kick” leading lady, Jacqueline with Mahinda Rajapaksa went viral online. Across the border this was seen as a last-ditch effort by the President to boost his prospects in the upcoming elections scheduled for January 8.

 Inviting the ire of Tamil parties, DMK and MDMK, Salman was dubbed as a "betrayer" and a "traitor" following the 'special appearance.' Defending the actor, Jacqueline said it was she who insisted that Salman extend the efforts of his Being Human charity to parts of her home country too.

The report quoted Jacqueline as saying, "That was the main purpose of this visit. Salman donated 200 lenses to facilitate cataract operations in certain under-privileged areas. He also donated money. It bothers me that people can't see the good in any initiative. All they want to do is identify an ulterior agenda behind every good cause. When asked further about the campaign, Jacqueline retorted, "Salman is an individual in his own right and knows both Rajapaksa and his son Namal well. If he wants to drum up support for Rajapaksa that's his choice and nobody can question it."

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