Megastar Rajinikath confirmed on Thursday that he would attend Narendra Modi’s oath taking ceremony as Prime Minister on 30 May 2019.
Both Rajinikanth and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan have been invited to the ceremony where Narendra Modi will be sworn in as the PM for the second time, after his BJP-led coalition won a landslide victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections 2019.
According to reports, Kamal Haasan is also likely to attend the oath taking ceremony.
“This victory is a victory for Modi. He is a charismatic leader,” Rajinikanth said during a media interaction.
Adding PM Modi’s name in the league of India’s biggest leaders of the past, Rajinikanth said, “After Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi, the country has now got Modi. Likewise, after Anna, Kalaignar and Jayalalithaa, this is a victory of Modi.”
On Rahul Gandhi’s decision to quit the Congress president post, Rajinikanth said he should not resign.
“As a youngster, it is difficult for him (Gandhi) to handle senior leaders. Moreover, they (Congress) did not work hard.” ANI quoted the superstar actor as saying. He added: “He (Rahul) should not resign and should prove that he can do it too. In a democracy, Opposition should be robust.”
Congratulating Modi on his win, Rajinikanth had tweeted last week: “Respected dear Narendra Modi ji hearty congratulations…You made it. God bless.”
Last year, the Tamil cinema icon had announced that he would not join politics.
While fellow actor Kamal Haasan entered politics and found the Makkal Needhi Maiam party last year, Rajinikanth is yet to announce his political party or an association with a political outfit.
The 68-year-old has on numerous occasions given mixed signals on his political career and preferences.
Earlier, however, his official political entry was marked for the 2021 assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. He had announced his decision to join politics in December 2017, stating his intention of contesting in all the 234 Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu, which is due in 2021.
Rajinikanth also appreciated the NDA’s Godavari-Kaveri linking project. He said, “Minister Nitin Gadkari bought this project and should be appreciated. It is a very good move.” He also hoped that the Central government “will bring good projects to the state”.
PM Modi will take the oath for a second consecutive term at 7 pm on May 30 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, along with members of the Union Council of Ministers