14 April 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi met Tamil film actor Rajinikanth at his residence in Chennai on Sunday.
“We are good friends and there is nothing political about this meeting," said the film actor. The meeting lasted for 30 minutes.
“Modiji had visited me when I was ill and hospitalized in Ramachandra previously," Rajinikanth said.
“Tomorrow is Tamil New Year and so I came to wish my dear friend," said Modi. Neither of them took questions from reporters.
Modi’s meeting with the actor was to drum up support from his large fan base in Tamil Nadu, which will be going for Lok Sabha polls on 24 April, political commentators said. This is the second visit of Modi to Chennai in the last two months.
Last month, the BJP announced an alliance with five regional parties, including Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhgam (DMDK) and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (MDMK), and 39 smaller political outfits, and seat-sharing arrangements for the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu. This is expected to give the main opposition party a much-needed boost in a state where it has a scant presence.