Rajinikanth throws his weight behind Narendra Modi, says PM seems a “strong” man


Hindustan Surkhiyan Desk: Amid the speculation that opposition parties are looking at a mega-coalition against the Modi government for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Tamil superstar Rajinikanth backed PM Narendra Modi by calling him ‘stronger’ than ’10 persons’ aligning against him. When questioned on the possibility of an alliance by opposition parties, the actor told reporters, “When 10 persons go against one person, who is stronger? Those 10, or the persons they are aligning against. If 10 persons declare a war against one man, who is stronger.

” Asked if Modi was “stronger” and whether he was implying it with his statement, the actor said he “can’t be more clear.”

However, when asked whether he would align with the BJP, he said it will be decided later. The actor has already announced he will take the political plunge and contest from all 234 seats in the next Assembly elections, originally due in 2021. He is yet to launch his party.

The actor also clarified on his statement made Monday about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being “dangerous” for its opponents. He said he made the remarks only in the context of the opposition parties. “My answer was the opposition parties think so (the BJP is dangerous). When they think so, the BJP is a dangerous party for them…,” he was quoted by PTI as saying. However, “people will decide” if the BJP was indeed “dangerous” or not, Rajinikanth added.

As per the report, Rajinikanth is touted to be inclined towards the BJP, with Modi himself meeting the veteran star on more than one occasion in the recent past, including once at his residence in Chennai. The critics of the actor have often claimed that he is favourably disposed towards the saffron party. However, on Monday, Rajinikanth had described the implementation of the 2016 demonetisation exercise by the prime minister as “flawed”. “The implementation was flawed. It is a matter that should be discussed in detail,” he had said.


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