In the midst of strong speculations over the possibilities of Tamil super star Rajinikanth’s political entry soon after the release of his ongoing science fiction film Endhiran, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday welcomed the superstar to join the Congress. “He is most welcome to come. We will not put any roadblocks,” Gandhi told reporters during his visit to Chennai.
“Our system is open to anybody who wants to enter it as long as the person is not a criminal. The only barrier we put is the barrier of criminality. I do not think Rajinikanth is a criminal,” said Rahul, whose visit to Tamil Nadu is seen as an effort to rejuvenate the party apparatus in the state and woo the youth.
Rajinikanth has not yet revealed his mind on his political inclinations but his fans want him to float a party. Though he has kept off politics, he has had meetings with top national leaders early this year, including BJP leader L.K. Advani.
On reports about popular Tamil actor Vijay evincing interest in joining the Congress, Gandhi reacted, “When we started this open system process, Vijay expressed interest in understanding our process and we explained our process to him.”