Bollywood stars deny they supported Raj Thackeray

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Mumbai, Mar 7 (UNI) Appealing to all the citizens settled in the metropolis to live in harmony, leading Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Sunil Shetty today denied that they ever supported Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) drive against the North Indians.

Salman Khan, in a signed statement here today, said that he and his family have been unnecessarily dragged into the entire 'Migration Issue' with regards to the North Indians. ''I can confirm that me and my family have not made any statement or endorsed any campaign that supports this issue. We ourselves being originally migrants are not in any position to support such claims,'' he said.

Stressing the need to 'celebrate our unity at every given opportunity ' he said, ''We are a family with members from different faiths and communities. My father is a migrant, who lived in Madhya Pradesh, and my mother comes from Jammu and that qualifies us as migrants. Do you actually believe we are in any position to support such a stand. Lets live in harmony, after all we are Indians first.'' Sunil Shetty, in a separate statement, also denied that he had ever signed on any letter supporting the MNS stand against the North Indians.

The MNS spokesman and general secretary Shirish Parkar, talking to media on Tuesday, had claimed that Salman Khan, his father and writer Salim Khan, brother-producer Sohail Khan and another actor Suniel Shetty have also come forward against the ban order on Raj Thackeray.

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