Rajinikanth fans protest in Chennai against groups opposing his political debut

Posted 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. These days his every word is being scrutinised for clues whether the 66-year-old will indeed join politics and which political party he may ally with.

Known for its galaxy of actor-turned-politicians, Tamil Nadu seems to be getting ready to welcome more star power.

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Taking the situation in his favour, in an open invitation to Rajinikanth, Union Minister and former BJP president Nitin Gadkari says the BJP has already thought of an "appropriate position" for the superstar.

Last week brought a surprise for Rajinikanth's fans when addressing an event in Chennai, he said, "Some of my fans urged me to join politics and it's not bad to enter politics, but making money out of this is bad". Voicing their opposition to Mr. Rajinikanth's potential entry into politics, they asserted that Tamil Nadu "should be ruled only by Tamils". BJP trying to woo Rajinikanth to make inroads in Tamil Nadu? The last time we discussed politics, he said he was not fit for it.

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Chennai: Kollywood Stylemannan Rajinikanth's political entry has been hit by a massive controversy even before it could take off. I have a profession, work, duty and so do you. "If I have to live anywhere in this world that will be in Tamil Nadu", said Rajinikanth. "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", he said amidst loud cheers. After his death many celebrities from the film industry tried their luck in politics but could not succeed.

"Even God can't save Tamil Nadu" if AIADMK was elected again, he said.

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