CHENNAI: Tamil super star Rajnikanth is gearing up to fill the void left behind in Tamil Nadu politics by former Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (DMK) patriarch M Karunanidhi and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary before the next Assembly polls in the state.
The actor’s close aide Tamilaruvi Manian said that the leader will enter the political arena in 2020 with the launch of his own party. The Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu is scheduled to be held in April-May 2021.
Times Now television channel quoted the aide as saying that the big announcement can be expected on December 12. A Times of India report claimed that the actor may turn his popular fan club - Rajini Makkal Mandram-into a party.
"Next year, Rajinikanth will definitely start his political party," writer Tamilaruvi Manian was quoted by India Today as saying.
Rajinikanth had earlier said the people of Tamil Nadu will create a "wonder and marvel" in the 2021 assembly elections in the state -- remarks that come amidst indications of him of politically aligning with his contemporary and MNM chief Kamal Haasan, the India Today report said.
The actor's response was to a query about an AIADMK leader insisting Rajinikanth's "spiritual politics" was not possible in the "Dravida land" of Tamil Nadu.
Asked about his possible alliance with Haasan and who would be the Chief Minister, Rajinikanth had said such issues could be discussed only during the poll time, adding he also has to discuss it within his proposed party.
Tamilaruvi Manian, who is writer and orator, said the new party will steer clear of the AIADMK and the DMK and perhaps the BJP too. Speculations of an alliance with BJP were rife after Rajnikanth kept in touch with a couple of senior BJP leaders while drafting his political strategy.
Reports said that the actor is likely to place before the Centre some crucial demands in the interest of Tamil Nadu. It may include interlinking of rivers, scrapping of hydrocarbon projects, housing, jobs and the release of seven Rajiv Gandhi convicts.
“The Narendra Modi-led government accepting these demands will not only endear Rajini, but also the BJP, to Tamil people,” a report quoting a source close to the actor said.
After being seen as a “natural ally of the BJP,” Rajini on November 8 showed that he cannot be taken for granted, saying he cannot be saffronised.
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