Rajinikanth has tweeted amid intense speculation after the BJP's candidate for the April 12 by-poll visited him at his Poes Garden home earlier this week.
My support is for no one in the coming elections.- Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) March 23, 2017
Gangai Amaran, BJP's candidate and the brother of renowned composer Ilayaraja, claimed after the meeting that he was invited by the star. His son Venkat Prabhu tweeted that Rajinikanth had wished Mr Amaran "success".
Though Rajinikanth has stayed away from active politics, his word is perceived by political parties as the weapon that can make or break a candidate. It is not unusual for candidates to seek photo-ops with the star as an endorsement just before polls.
In the 1996 assembly election, Rajinikanth's comment that "even God can't save Tamil Nadu if Jayalalithaa wins" enabled a DMK sweep. Years later, he would praise Jayalalithaa as the "reincarnation" of a goddess.
There has been talk about Rajinikanth launching his party, reportedly with support from the BJP, which wants to make inroads in Tamil Nadu.
The contest for RK Nagar will feature seven prominent candidates. Mr Amaran will face two AIADMK veterans E Madhusudhanan and TTK Dinakaran, and Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar in the by-election.
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