Superstar Rajnikanth on Tuesday acknowledged that there was an anti-Modi wave in Tamil Nadu that led to the rout of the BJP and its alliance partners in the State in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.
However, except in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, there was a pro-Modi wave, the actor, who would be attending Modi’s swearing in ceremony as Prime Minister for a second term, said, and hailed the latter as a charismatic leader.
“In Tamil Nadu, it was an anti-Modi wave. In politics, if a wave begins to sweep, those who stand against it cannot win. Politicians who rode the wave have won,” he said.
Rajini put Modi in the league occupied by “charismatic” former prime ministers such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi and state leaders such as CN Annadurai, M Karunanidhi, MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, who have proven their popularity by singularly winning elections.
Rajinikanth advised Rahul Gandhi not to resign as the Congress president. “He is a capable leader and so should not resign,” said Rajinikanth. He assessed that senior leaders of the Congress did not function in a coordinated manner during the elections.
He also congratulated actor-politician Kamal Haasan for his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s performance in the polls. “Kamal has got 4% in such a short time. I congratulate him for that,” he said.