Tamil outfit stages protest against Rajinikanth's entry into politics

Tina Ray
May 30, 2017

The statements by Rajinikanth had sparked off a series of debates about his possible political entry, reminding of the similar hysteria in 1996 when he openly defied the then Chief Minister, late J Jayalalithaa, asking people to vote against her government.

Tamil Nadu is one of the southern states where the BJP's organisational strength remains weak and two regional satraps - AIADMK and DMK - remain major political forces.

BJP state unit is abuzz with talk that the actor would prefer the saffron party because of his personal equation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and because he is ideologically aligned with the party. "Rajinikanth should have opposed this, but I'm sure he will run away", said Swamy.

Speculation about the superstar's entry into politics gained momentum after the actor told his fans last week to "get ready for war". After his death many celebrities from the film industry tried their luck in politics but could not succeed. "The outfit is saying a "Kannadiga" should not rule Tamil Nadu".

Superstar Rajinikanth may have resorted back to his acting career and is leading a normal life after dropping hints to join politics, but all is not peaceful in Tamil Nadu.

The radical pro-Tamil group stepped a stir outside Rajinikanth's residence at Poes Garden in Chennai, shouting slogans against the actor. I have a profession, work, duty and so do you. "I lived in Karnataka for 23 years and in Tamil Nadu for 43 years. Although I came as a Marathi from Karnataka, you people nurtured me, made me a true Tamilian", he said. Asked about it, Gadkari said he is neither an authority nor a decision maker and it is only the party president and party parliamentary board that will take a decision in the matter. But now, he recently played a cricket match in the U.S. but I skipped watching it because his time is over.

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