Vijay - Modi meeting works in favour for BJP
Soon after the Gujarat Chief Minister met Ilayathalapathy in Coimbatore on Wednesday last, members of the latter’s fan club jumped in to start campaigning for the NDA candidates. The campaigning has been mainly in the Virudhunagar and Dharmapuri constituencies, where MDMK chief Vaiko and PMK scion Anbumani Ramadoss respectively are contesting.
M P S Senthil Kumar, president of the Vijay Fan Club, Virudhunagar district, has been conducting a door-to-door campaign for Vaiko, along with 500 fan club members, at Sattur, Sivakasi and Virudhunagar town for the last three days.
Vijay described his meeting with Modi as ‘non-political’ and, unlike in the last Assembly election, he didn’t send any official communication asking members to campaign for the NDA.
“However, our leader’s meeting with Modi has encouraged us to campaign openly for Vaiko,” he said.
M Siva, president of the Vijay Fan Club, Dharmapuri, started his campaign for Ramadoss in the constituency. “Modi alone can bring development in India. Hence we have asked the members to campaign for Anbumani,” said Siva.
A senior functionary of the Vijay Fan club in Chennai said that Vijay’s meeting with Modi was apolitical, as he had also met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi a few months back. “It was only because Modi’s two attempts to meet Ilayathalapathy in Chennai earlier didn’t materialise that he went to Coimbatore to express his gratitude. Moreover, many fans are already attached to various political parties in the State,” he said.
But the meeting will definitely give the BJP-led alliance an edge in the election as Vijay’s admirers who don’t have an affiliation with any political party may vote for the BJP.
It is not just Vijay fans who have taken it upon themselves to campaign for Modi. Members of Rajinikant’s fan club have decided to extend their support to Modi after the two met at the actor’s residence in Chennai.