The minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari believes that his party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an appropriate role for the superstar Rajinikanth. While giving strong hints of Bharatiya Janata Party trying to woo the legendary superstar, Nitin Gadkari sent him an informal invitation in a recent interview with CNN-News 18’s deputy political editor Marya Shakil.
The Union Road Transport and Highways minister said in an interview with CNN-News 18’s deputy political editor Marya Shakil, “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.” When minister Gadkari was asked that about the “appropriate place” for the superstar in the party and is BJP planning to make a grand entry into Tamil Nadu politics by making Rajinikanth as the CM face for the elections, Gadkari answered that all these decisions are up to the senior leadership. “These are all important political questions. Neither I am the authority nor am I the decision maker. The party president and party parliament’s board will make a decision,” said the Union Minister. The statements from Gadkari came when the news is already catching up the fire in the politics of Tamil Nadu, and joining of the Thalaivar in the saffron party would change the whole scope for the BJP in the Tamil Nadu elections.
The South superstar Rajinikanth made a statement earlier this week about the politics and the system being disintegrated. Some of the recent statements by the superstar raked up the issue and excitement for both, his fans as well as political bazaar. In 1996, Rajinikanth openly confronted then Chief Minister, late J Jayalalithaa by asking the public to vote against his party. On the other hand, the BJP is leaving no stone to make sure that they could make the superstar join their party. “You can’t imagine the kind of support given to Rajinikanth in south India. He is a good human being. And he is Marathi. When you enter his house, you can see a big photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways said. Rajinikanth was born to a Marathi family Karnataka and his real name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad.
The BJP’s controversial leader Subramanian Swamy said that Rajini would be a “disaster” in politics. While answering on the views of Swamy, the minister said that he has his own point of view and I don’t want to comment on them. “Swamy Ji has got his independent opinion. I don’t want to comment on them. But I feel BJP is an appropriate party for Rajinikanth,” Gadkari said. “Whenever I visit Chennai, I meet Rajinikanth. He is a very good friend of mine. Earlier too, I urged him to consider politics, but at the time he told me ‘Nitin Ji, I am not fit for politics,” he added.