Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi met superstar Rajinikanth at his Poes Garden residence here on Sunday evening.
Ruling out any political motive behind this meeting, the Gujarat chief minister maintained that the meet is a courtesy call on the occasion of Tamil new year today. Modi will address a public rally here post the meeting which will be his first ever rally here after the elections were announced.
Modi also posted a picture of him with the actor on Twitter:
Addressing reporters after the meet was over, Rajini said, “This is not a political meeting. Narendra Modi is my well-wisher and I am his well-wisher.”
“Modi met me earlier as well when I was hospitalised and at that time I invited him over a cup of tea whenever he is in Chennai,” the superstar added.
He further said, “This is the reason Modi ji has come today to meet me on the occasion of Tamil new year.”
But political analysts seems to have a different opinion over this high profile meeting as they think that BJP is trying to galvanise voters in Tamil Nadu through this meeting.
The meeting assumes significance as Modi visited the actor in the run up to the April 24 Lok Sabha polls, where BJP is contesting in a six-party rainbow alliance.
BJP sources said yesterday that Modi would go to the superstar’s residence for a “personal meeting” before addressing a public meeting here.
Asked whether the meeting could have any implication for Lok Sabha elections, the source said “it is a personal meeting” but hastened to add that “Narendra Modi and elections cannot be separated.”
Last month, MK Alagiri, the elder son of DMK president M Karunanidhi also had a meeting with Rajinikanth.
Although, Alagiri also denied discussing politics but the meeting was considered to woo Rajini so that the voters could be influenced.
Talking to the media, Alagiri had said that he came to meet Rajinikanth for peace of mind.
“No, I did not discuss politics with him. I never discussed politics with him. Rajini is my old friend. I came here to inquire about his health. I congratulated him for the good lyrics in Kochadaiiyaan, that’s all,” he said.
Alagiri, 63, had been suspended from the party for anti-party activities and speaking against his younger brother MK Stalin, who is considered by many as the front runner to take over the party from his father.