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Rajinikanth, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav holds meeting

Rajinikanth, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav holds meeting

Lucknow: Veteran actor Rajinikanth met Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav at the latter's residence in Lucknow on 20 August, a day after a "courtesy meeting" with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Rajinikanth, who is currently enjoying the success of his most recent movie "Jailer," expressed his happiness at getting back in touch with Mr. Yadav after almost 10 years.

"Nine years ago, I had met Akhilesh at a function in Mumbai. Since then, our friendship has continued, and we talk over the phone. I had come here five years ago for a shooting, (but) Akhilesh was not there, and (I) could not meet him. He is here now and I met him," the 72-year-old star told reporters in Lucknow.

He also said that his meeting with the Uttar Pradesh CM on August 19 was "very good".

Akhilesh Yadav also shared a series of photos from the meeting with Mr. Rajinikanth via his account on X, formerly called Twitter.

"When hearts meet, people embrace. During my engineering studies in Mysore, the happiness I used to feel seeing Rajinikanth Ji on the screen is still intact. We met in person 9 years back and have been friends ever since…" the SP chief captioned his post.

Earlier this week, Rajinikanth met his friend and Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan at the Raj Bhavan in Ranchi for a "courtesy meet". He also spent an hour meditating at the Yagoda ashram there.

With PTI inputs

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