Superstar Rajinikanth, who has hinted recently that he may join politics, today faced protests from Tamilar Munnetra Padai (TMP) activists. Security was beefed up at Rajinikanth’s house thereafter. The outfit also raised slogans saying ‘Kannadiga’ should not rule Tamil Nadu. A man of Marathi roots originally hails from Karnataka, Rajinikanth proclaimed himself as a true-blue Tamilian. He said that even though I am from Karnataka, still you have accepted me and you have made me into a Tamilian. I am a pure Tamil now, he said.
I am 67 years old. For 23 years I was in Karnataka and 44 in Tamil Nadu. I grew up with you. I may have come here as a Kannadiga or Marathi from Karnataka but you gave me love, support, name, fame and prosperity and you have made me a Tamil, Rajinikanth said.
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Tamil Nadu is abuzz with speculation that the veteran actor has decided to throw his hat into the political ring. According to PTI reports, he would soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Asked about superstar Rajinikanth throwing hints at his entry to politics, BJP state chief said it was wrong for anyone to say BJP would gain strength if he does, “as the party is already a force to reckon with in Tamil Nadu.”
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President Su Thirunavukkarasar yesterday said that he believes Tamil ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth will not join any national or regional political party but will only float his own party. “As a friend who has known him for 35-40 years what I think is he will not join any national or regional party. He will only float a new party,” the TNCC chief said.
“Tamil Nadu does not need an actor but an educated person,” former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss of the PMK said.
Rajinikanth at the session with fans had also asked them to prepare the ground for a ‘war’, saying they would have to assemble when the battle was fought. In the olden days, he said, kings seldom maintained standing armies but the men turned up when duty called, he said.
“When war comes they will come to the rescue of their motherland. I have a profession, work, duty and so do you. Go to your places, do your duty, take care of your vocation. Let us face the war when it comes,” he roared, sending his fans into a frenzy.