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'Rajinikanth most welcome to join Cong'

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today said that Tamil superstar Rajinikanth was welcome to join the party.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2009 16:05 IST

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that Tamil superstar Rajinikanth was welcome to join the party.

"He is most welcome to come. We don't put any roadblocks," Gandhi told reporters in Chennai.

The Congress had an 'open system'. The party was ready to welcome anyone so long as that person is not a criminal, he said, adding, 'I do not think Rajinikanth is a criminal".

"Our system is open to anybody who wants to enter it. The only barrier we put is the barrier of criminality," the Congress leader, whose visit to Tamil Nadu is seen as an effort to rejuvenate the party apparatus in the state and woo the youth, said.

"However, we are not reaching out to any particular person."

Rajinikanth has not revealed his mind on his political inclinations but his fans want him to float a party. Though he has kept off politics, he has had meetings with top national leaders, including BJP leader LK Advani who called on the actor early this year, sparking speculations.

On reports about popular Tamil actor Vijay evincing interest in joining Congress, Gandhi reacted, "when we started this open system process, Vijay expressed interest in understanding our process and we explained our process to him".