Star power will be a guiding factor in deciding the fate of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leaders who are seeking party tickets in Tamil Nadu for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Sources in the party said AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, who interviewed the aspirants, asked them to submit their horoscopes too. They said Jayalalithaa is determined to win all 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state and the union territory of Puducherry and is leaving no stone unturned.
"She does not want to take any chances this time and wants all her candidates to win. One's star power plays an important role in each person's life and hence we asked the aspirants to submit their horoscopes. There is nothing wrong in it," the sources said.
Jayalalithaa, known for her strong belief in astrology and numerology, always chooses an auspicious time, even to visit her party office. She is also said to have her own team of astrologers whom she consults before taking important political decisions.
In the first round of screening of applications, those who lacked financial capability to spend on electioneering were eliminated. In the second round, the selection is based on the applicant's educational qualification and loyalty to the leadership. But, ultimately the aspirant having a strong star power will be the clincher, sources said.