BJP has an appropriate place for Rajinikanth, says Nitin Gadkari
BJP leaders Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari have invited Tamil superstar Rajinikanth to join their party after the actor hinted at his imminent political entry in a speech to his fans in Chennai a few days ago.
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was quick to extend an invitation. “There was an appropriate place for the popular hero in the party. He is welcome in politics and it is my request to him to think about the BJP. There is an appropriate place for him in the BJP,” he said.
Amit Shah said the BJP would welcome the Tamil actor but the superstar has to first decide on entering politics. “When he has to enter politics, how can I decide that? From our end, every good person is welcome to join politics,” said Shah.
Recently, the actor made statements against the political situation in Tamil Nadu and asked his fans to be ready to respond if he called on them.
This statement has triggered a debate about his possible political entry, reminding everyone of similar hysteria in 1996 when he challenged late J. Jayalalithaa, then Chief Minister, asking people to vote against her government.
S.Thirunavukkarasar, the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president, said Rajinikanth will not join any existing regional or political party but will soon float his own political vehicle.
“As a friend who has known him for 35-40 years, what I think is that he will not join any national or regional party. He will only float a new party,” said TNCC chief.