Mohanlal, A 2019 BJP Candidate? A Meeting, Facebook Post Stir Speculation

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, 58, posted that he had met PM Modi "on the auspicious day of Janmashtami" and briefed him about his Vishwa Santhi Foundation and its work.

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Mohanlal also said the PM Modi had assured all possible assistance for Kerala.

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Highlights

  1. Mohanlal, 58, posted that he had met PM Modi on Janmashtami
  2. PM Modi posted a tweet with his photo with the Malayalam superstar
  3. There is speculation that he will contest 2019 polls as BJP candidate

Mohanlal's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and his Facebook post on it has generated immense political interest amid speculation that the Malayalam superstar will contest the 2019 national election as a BJP candidate in Kerala.

Mohanlal, 58, posted that he had met PM Modi "on the auspicious day of Janmashtami" and briefed him about his Vishwa Santhi Foundation and its work.

"He has assured all support and offered to participate in the Global Malayalee Round table that can formulate futuristic solutions for a New Kerala," Mohanlal said at a press conference.

Mohanlal also said the PM had assured all possible assistance for Kerala, where the worst floods in a century killed nearly 300 people and displaced thousands of others.

This morning, PM Modi posted a tweet with his photo with the actor, who has acted in more than 200 films and shows no signs of fading out.

This is not the first meeting between the two. Last year, PM Modi had invited Mohanlal to be part of the central government's 'Swachhata Hi Seva' movement. Mohanlal's presence will help in connecting millions to the cleanliness initiative that the PM was spearheading.

BJP leaders say it is "too early" to say anything about the national award winning actor being a possible BJP candidate or even campaigning for the ruling party.

"There is no truth in these rumours. These are all just vain creations," said V Muraleedharan, a BJP Rajya Sabha member.

Enlisting the wildly popular film star will certainly boost the BJP's arsenal in Left-ruled Kerala, where the BJP has never been in power.

Unconfirmed reports doing the rounds say that Mohanlal is the choice of the BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to contest in Thiruvananthapuram, the constituency held by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

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