Rajinikanth says Modi charismatic leader like Nehru Rajiv

first_imgChennai: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth Tuesday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “charismatic” leader like Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi and attributed the BJP’s massive win in the Lok Sabha polls to his individual leadership.He also said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi need not resign following the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, saying he was a youngster and perhaps had not got the cooperation of senior party leaders. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCRajinikanth said he would be attending the swearing-in of Modi as Prime Minister on Thursday, following an invitation for him to participate in the event. The veteran star likened Modi to tall leaders of India, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, A B Vajpayee, K Kamaraj, C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa. “This Lok Sabha poll victory is a win for the individual leadership called Modi. It is the victory for a charismatic leader,” he told reporters here. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”In Indian politics, whether at the national level or state, any party will reap wins only on the (popularity) of a leader. He is a charismatic leader,” he said about Modi. He noted that the country in the past had charismatic leaders like Nehru, Indira, Rajiv and Vajpayee. “After them (the country) has got Modi, a charismatic leader. If you see in Tamil Nadu, there were charismatic leaders like Kamaraj, Anna, Kalaignar, MGR, Jayalalithaa. Along those lines, this victory is achieved for the leadership of Modi,” he said. However, the BJP lost out in southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu due to an “anti-Modi wave” though there was a pro-Modi wave in other parts of the country, he noted. “When there is a political wave, one cannot swim against it and will be swept away,” he added. The reasons for such an anti-Modi wave in Tamil Nadu included the Sterlite issue in Tuticorin, methane extraction project in Cauvery delta and the “whirlwind campaign” of the opposition, Rajinikanth added. Asked if the issues surrounding NEET and GST had also contributed to the BJP’s bad show, he said “definitely.” On Congress chief Gandhi’s offer to resign, the Tamil superstar said, “He should not resign.” “I won’t say he lacks leadership qualities. The thing is it is very really difficult to handle the Congress party, it is an age-old party where senior-most people are there.”last_img

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