Anil Gote, a BJP MLA from Maharashtra, on Tuesday demanded that Rajinikanth, be conferred the Bharat Ratna — the highest civilian honour in India.
He said this should be done with the help of a resolution that would be passed by the members of the Maharashtra assembly urging the central government to confer the award on the actor.
The MLA from Dhule City — from where he has been elected to the state legislature twice — also demanded that Rajinikanth be awarded the Maharashtra Bhushan, the highest civilian award of the state, because the actor hailed from the state.
“The Maharashtra Bhushan should be awarded to superstar and “son of the soil” Rajinikanth. He is from Kolhapur,” Gote said in the state assembly on Tuesday, and added: “The release of his movie ‘Kabali’ in 8,000 screens around the world is proof of his stature in Indian cinema.”
Rajinikanth was born Shivaji Gaikwad in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. He moved out of the state in search of greener pastures and did several jobs, including that of a bus conductor, before acting in films. – CINEWS