Attempts being made to colour me as a BJP man, but it's not true: Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth has dismissed what he says are attempts by "some people, some media" to colour him as a BJP man.
The Kollywood star's comments came during two meetings with reporters in Chennai on Friday.
First, he said attempts to paint him with the "BJP colour" were like the Tamil poet Thiruvallur "being painted saffron": a reference to a recent controversy over a tweet posted by the BJP. He added with a laugh: "Neither Thiruvalluvar nor I will get trapped."
"Some people, some media, they are trying to colour me as a BJP man," he said later. "But definitely it is not true."
Rajinikanth also said the BJP had not invited him to join it.
Narayan Thirupathy, a BJP spokesperson, said he agreed with Rajinikanth, and that the image had been created by the Opposition and the media.
"Rajini has said he is [going] to start a party and everyone has the right to approach him," Thirupathy said. "We have aligned with the DMK and the AIADMK in the past, and if Rajini starts a party we will be open for an alliance with him as well."
Political analyst Sumanth C Raman said the signals Rajinikanth was giving out were "very confusing," pointing out that the actor recently compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah with Lord Krishna and Arjuna.
"But he perhaps feels the need to dispel the impression that he is a stooge for the BJP, and second: at a thirty thousand feet level the importance of Rajini for the BJP is a lot less than what it was a year and a half ago, when the AIADMK was in disarray," Sumanth Raman said.