Ever since the death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, the state has seen the political rise and fall of many stalwarts there. After superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, now the son of DMK leader Stalin, Udayanidhi will be entering Tamil Nadu politics. The 40-year-old is a well-known actor and he said that he is no stranger to politics either, having attended DMK programmes over the last several months.
During an event at Tambaram near Chennai on Saturday, Udayanidhi chanted slogans in the crowd, made a short speech and then he joined the leaders on the stage. He told the gathering that they may expect to see him more often, as per the Indian Express report.
He added that he works as a simple party man and was not looking to get a top post. Meanwhile, a senior party leader said that Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) will not contest the next elections and teh intention is to bring Junior Stalin into politics in order to stabilise the party after the defeat in the RK Nagar bypoll. The leader added that Udayanidhi’s film-star status is expected to bring the party more support from first-time voters.
“Stalin doesn’t want much fanfare while launching his son in politics. Instead, he will allow his son to grow, slowly, like he did under his father without a sudden elevation. As a film star, he will be a star campaigner,” the senior leader said
The guesswork for Udayanidhi’s entry in politics had started in May last year when he made one of his first public political appearances, during a fast by Stalin. Although the 40-year-old is not a great orator, he has a massive fan following. As a producer and distributor, he has also faced controversy, including over the purchase of an imported vehicle. A Hummer he had bought was later found to have been illegally imported by a businessman in 2013; Udayanidhi surrendered the vehicle but it was later returned to him by investigators, and he was not an accused in the cases.
Udayanidhi’s political entry is part of a revival effort by the family following the acquittal of Stalin’s sister Kanimozhi in the 2G case, the report said.