The possibility of Tamil Nadu superstar Rajnikanth joining hands with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has drastically increased, with sources claiming that he held numerous meetings with senior BJP party leaders in the national capital, Delhi. It is reported that Rajini held around seven meetings within the span of five days with the BJP stalwarts.
Ever since he promised to enter politics, speculation fueled regarding whether he would start a new political party, or join an existing party. On December 31, 2017, 'Thalaiva' stated that he will contest the 2021 assembly elections in the state by bringing a new party. But now it seems, the superstar will go ahead with the BJP.
In the 2014 general elections, BJP had won just one seat out of 39 in Tamil Nadu, with AIADMK dominating with 37 seats. With one eye at the upcoming 2019 elections, the decision might just be the kickstart the party needs to woo the people of the state.
Rajini's alliance could possibly the second major coup for BJP in South this week. Sources earlier this week had stated that the BJP is interested in offering an election ticket for the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat in Kerala to actor Mohanlal, in order to compete with Congress' Shashi Tharoor.
Mohanlal met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday, following which PM Modi praised Mohanlal's humility and social service initiatives. While he hasn't yet issued any confirmation regarding a potential political bow, Mohanlal has often stated that he is in awe of the Prime Minister.
Mohanlal also tweeted that he was honoured to meet PM Modi on Janmashtami, and mentioned that he had informed the Prime Minister about the social initiatives by his 'ViswaSandhi' foundation.
Mohanlal also appeared to hand the Prime Minister a gift and wrote that PM Modi had assured support and offered to participate in the Global Malayalee Round table, among other things.
In Kerala, the BJP drew nil in the 2014 elections, with it's arch-rivals Indian National Congress managing eight seats.