No political role for now: Vijay

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Says meeting was arranged by well-wisher

He discussed about politics, cinema with Rahul

CHENNAI: Actor Vijay on Sunday said he had no plans for now to enter politics, saying that at present he was concentrating on films, especially his latest venture Vettaikaran.

He, however, hinted that he was not averse to the idea of taking the plunge in the future.

“I might,” he said, when asked whether he would join politics in the future and convert Makkal Iyakkam, a movement launched by him, into a political outfit.

Replying to questions on media reports that he would join the Congress, the actor said his recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi was arranged by a well-wisher.

“It was a wonderful meeting. There’s a lot of speculation in the media and I would have been only happy if it were true,” he said.

“I was surprised when I was asked to meet Mr. Gandhi. I’m not a big person. But I thought it was a good opportunity, because he is a leader who brought about changes and ensured a great victory for the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls. I cancelled my shooting engagements and met him. We discussed politics, cinema, Makkal Iyakkam and my fan clubs,” he said.

Vijay said there was no discussion about getting him a position in the Congress, and he had himself not taken any decision regarding politics.

“Mr. Rahul Gandhi is targeting the youth and I’m also concentrating on mobilising the youth,” he further said.

Asked whether he had a liking for the Congress, he retorted by asking who would not like a national party working for the welfare of the people. Recalling his going on fast in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils, Vijay said he would not remain a mute spectator when Tamils were facing a problem. “In the future I’d join hands with a government that will work for the welfare of the Tamils,” he said.

Asked whether the present government was not doing good things, Vijay said he had only talked about a government in the future.

“Chief Minister Kalaignar [M. Karunanidhi] is functioning with the energy of a young man,” he said. He refused to make a comparison between the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Congress, saying he had very little experience to comment on these subjects.

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