1. BJP says ‘will welcome Rajinikanth’s entry into politics’

BJP says ‘will welcome Rajinikanth’s entry into politics’

One day after Rajinikanth's comments that if he enters politics he would show the door to a lot of people, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed the superstar to join the party

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2017 9:16 PM
Rajinikanth, Rajinikanth in politics, BJP, bharatiya janata party, Pon Radhakrishnan, bjp and rajinikanth Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan on Tuesday said the BJP would welcome actor Rajinikanth’s entry into politics. (Source: PTI)

One day after Rajinikanth’s comments that if he enters politics he would show the door to a lot of people, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed the superstar to join the party, reported news agency PTI. While speaking at an event at Madurai, Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan on Tuesday said the BJP would welcome actor Rajinikanth’s entry into politics or into the party, reported the agency.

Earlier in the day, DMK’s working president MK Stalin had said that it is Rajini’s wish to enter politics or not. “It is the desire of superstar’s fans that Rajinikanth should enter politics,” DMK working president M K Stalin was quoted as saying by PTI while adding that “it is his wish whether to get into politics or not.” Speaking to media, the leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly, said he does not want to express “any personalised view” on the matter.

Yesterday, at an event, Rajinikanth had said he has no desire to enter politics but was dragged into political debates despite stressing that he was ‘neither an influential political leader nor a social activist’. “My life is in the hands of God. I’m not sure what he has in store for me. But I’ll always perform the duty that he bestows on me. So, don’t feel disappointed if I don’t enter politics,” he was quoted as saying by the agency. “Money-minded people will be shunned. So, I warn you now itself to stay away,” he added.

“(But) my name has been dragged into politics for the past two decades. I am pushed to clarify during every election that I’m not affiliated to any political party,” he said. Rajinikanth regretted that he had not been able to meet fans as regularly as he wished to. “I was supposed to meet you all two months ago but had to postpone it to accommodate more fans. So, I cancelled the previous meet-and-greet session. Later, I was supposed to go to Sri Lanka for an event. Again I had to cancel it for various reasons. A lot of media reports followed saying, ‘Rajinikanth doesn’t stick to his decision. He is apprehensive’ and so on,” he was reported as saying by PTI.

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