Rajinikanth hints at his entry into politics

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 May 2017 08:01:40


CHENNAI,

May 19,

(PTI),

WILL he or won’t he is the  million dollar question in the minds of common man in Tamil Nadu on prospects of ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth taking the political plunge. With stalwarts like late Jayalalithaa and ailing Nonagenarian DMK supremo M Karunanidhi out of the picture in the current dispensation, Rajinikanth’s fans believe he is the only one who can effectively fill the political vacuum.

Rajinikanth’s latest ambivalent statements on the possibility of his political entry has triggered a buzz in various circles, though this is not for the first time. Such a hysteria was witnessed even in 1996 when he openly defied Jayalalithaa, asking people not to vote for her. The then hustings saw ‘Amma’ losing the Assembly elections and the DMK-TMC registering a landslide victory.

Having had his run-ins with the powers that be in the past, the actor has come a long way from his first outburst in 1996 when he said “even God can’t save Tamil Nadu” if AIADMK was elected again.

In the ensuing political developments, he backed the DMK-TMC (Tamil Maanila Congress, led by the late G K Moopanar) combine, which also cashed in on the severe anti-incumbency against the ruling AIADMK.

However, the combine could not keep the momentum on as AIADMK staged a good comeback in the 1998 Parliamentary polls. In the meantime, the actor continued to give some hints of a political entry in his ‘Baba’ (2002), which also saw Dr S Ramadoss-founded PMK go up in arms against his on screen smoking. In the film, dealing with the protagonist’s transformation from a carefree atheist to a believer, the plot details the actor’s brush with a wily politician.

In the film, Rajinikanth bats for a particular clean politician but soon after the man is killed, the actor is shown approaching the people, hinting he would lead them. The film also enraged Ramadoss,who accused Rajinikanth of misleading the youth with his unique cigarette flinching style, among other gimmicks. However, whenever his fans have been vocal or proactive about his political plunge, the actor has either remained silent or distanced himself RPT himself from the topic.

Twice his supporters and actors have come out in the open floating some ‘party’ or ‘outfit’ in a bid to pressure Rajini, as he is fondly called, to enter politics .

It is not uncommon for his fans across the state to frequently put up posters urging him to come and ‘lead’ and ‘save’ Tamil Nadu.

Even party flags had been launched by some fans in the past, but the actor had either remained silent or distanced himself away from fans who resorted to such actions. Many political parties, barring AIADMK, had been wooing him. However, he was on good terms with Jayalalithaa in the recent past and had even rued he had ‘hurt’ her back in 1996 by being critical of her.