BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's meetings with Rajinikanth and Vijay were given much importance by cine fraternity and politcal pundits. It was believed that the saffron party would gain something from the meeting. Now, it appears like the meeting had little impact on the polls. At least, the exit polls reveal it.
In separate meetings, Narendra Modi had met Rajinikanth and Vijay last month before the state went for polls. Both the actors' had told that it was not a political meeting and critics should not read much to it. However, political observers did not downplay the significance of their meet with the Gujarat's Chief Minister and said that it had a message to their huge fans following.
It was not suprising to see Rajinikanth's fans club at some parts, though unofficially, supported Narendra Modi. Knowing that the Tamil superstar was close to Narendra Modi, many of his followers claimed that they would vote for the BJP's candidates this time.
On the other end, the BJP did not lose any opportunity to gain from Modi-Rajini meet as the party at various parts claimed that the Tamil superstar was supporting the saffron party this time and displayed used their photos during the campaign . Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
Many had expected that Rajinikanth's huge fan base would turn into votes for the BJP. And surveys had given around six to 12 seats after the meeting.
And on the other end, Vijay fans openly supported Modi on social media sites that they would vote for the BJP this time. As a retaliation to the ruling AIADMK, which had unofficially created troubles during Vijay's Thalaivaa release, the Illayathalapathy fans wanted to support the saffron party.
And the fans club of Vijay had secretly supported the BJP at some parts of Tamil Nadu. While Rajinikanth had met Modi on April 13 at his Pose Garden residence in Chennai, the Illayathalapathy met the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate at Coimbatore on April 17.
Failed To Work
However, the disappointing news for the BJP is that the two meetings seem to have failed to work in favour of it, which was expecting to increase its tally this time. The exit polls clearly reveals that the saffron party's dream to score big in Tamil Nadu is not happening as Jayalalitha's AIADMK is emerging as the big winner.
Rajinikanth-Vijay Disappoints Modi
She is expected to win around 27-31 seats with the BJP and its alliance only getting four to six seats. It means the Rajinikanth and Vijay's star power have failed to work in the state.