Vijay says present focus is on films, not politics


NOT FOR NOW:Popular Tamil actor Vijay addresses a press conference in Chennai on Sunday. PTI

“Now, I am concentrating only on acting in movies. The meeting with Rahul was just a courtesy call. I neither discussed politics with him nor about joining any political party,” he told a press conference here.

The invitation for meeting Gandhi came through a “mediator”.

“I was planning to meet Rahul for a long time. When the invite came, I did not want to miss the great opportunity,” he said.

Vijay said if the situation arose, he and his fans’ movement “Makkal Iyakkam” will think about joining hands with a political party which works for the welfare of the people.
“Now, there are no plans to do so,” he added.

Vijay, currently working in Tamil film Vettaikarran, said he would strengthen the “Makkal Iyakkam” and continue to take up welfare measures for the people.

His meeting with Gandhi in Delhi late last month had sparked speculation that the actor, known as “Illaya Thalapathi” (Young General) in Tamil film world, might join the Congress.
Gandhi, who last week undertook a three-day visit of the state aimed at rejuvenating the Congress, had said Vijay expressed interest in “understanding” the party and that he had explained about the open system which allowed anyone barring criminals to join it.
Vijay had earlier shown inclination to take the plunge into politics and his announcement on Sunday has come as a sort of a dampener to the Congress which is looking to reinvent itself in the Dravidian bastion.

Rahul Gandhi had also said Tamil superstar Rajnikant is welcome to join the Congress.
The Congress is also said to be wooing actor-politician Vijaykant, whose DMDK made its presence felt in the elections to both the Assembly and Lok Sabha by bagging around 8 per cent of the popular vote.

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