Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez here for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Polls Campaign
Bollywood star Salman Khan is in Sri Lanka to prop up the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election bid, the first Indian actor to be roped in for a poll campaign in the country.
Khan, along with Sri Lankan-born Jacqueline Fernandez and five other Bollywood performers are set to appear on stage in support of Rajapaksa.
Khan was invited to participate in the election campaign by parliamentarian and Rajapaksa’s son Namal, the local website Asianmirror reported.
Jacqueline Fernandez, a former Miss Sri Lanka, is a friend of younger Rajapaksa.
This is the first time a Bollywood actor has been roped in for a poll campaign, analysts said.
Beset by mass defections from his ruling coalition to the opposition challenger Maithripala Sirisena, Rajapaksa is believed to have suffered a loss of popular support. The Bollywood stars are expected to boost the sagging morale of the incumbent’s campaign.
Khan is not the only Indian influence in the Rajapaksa campaign. It has been reported that Arvind Gupta, a BJP social media guru, is helping the incumbent in the social media side of the campaign.
The presidential election will take place on January 8 as Rajapaksa called the election two years ahead of schedule in an apparent attempt to seek fresh mandate before his party’s popularity tumbles further, after dropping over 21 per cent in September local elections.
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Indian express explain that you have already lost the popular public support. I think these actors can never rejuvenate it again.
Sri Lankans might like to know the cost of the Indian star attendance (ie How much they wanted and were paid, with money from public funds)to boost the election prospects…
Mata mewata Harimam Lejjai Ooooooooy.
Who hite them ?.Sri Lankan tax payers have to pay the bills.
what a cost that the Srilankan tax payer has to pay for all these expenses the poor man who just eats a plate of dhal with a piece of bread has to pay for this Indian Actors what about the people affected by the floods homes destroyed lives made in to disasters even they have to pay for the once named a terrorist who has come for a full paid tour along with his aids and a no shame srilankan woman shame on her and all who are responsible for this nonsence
Don’t worry about the costs of their visit and stay.
Mr.Rajapakse has factories, firms and many profit earning investments. Mr.Namal will pay the bills from his income of that business, not from the taxpayers at akll.
MR could correct the faults of his admin in next 2yrs which caused his down fall, instead going for elections. But he did speed-up faulty vehicle in the highway, so now passengers and vehicle both are at risk. Only the god can save this vehicle now. Will he do?