Rajinikanth's Political entry: Facing Protests, Pro-Tamil Groups called him a Kannadiga

30 May, 2017, 06:37 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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The speculation is that Rajinikanth has chose to enter politics, apparently driven by the political vacuum following the demise of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa.

Earlier on Friday, while addressing the final day of Rajni-darbar the Tamil superstar said, after living in Tamil Nadu for 43 years and receiving the fans" appreciation, he has now turned into a "true-Tamilian'.

"I am 67 years old".

Rajinikanth has been in the news for hinting on a political journey. "I'm sure he would do lots of good things".

A senior BJP state leader has even said that if the actor joins the party, "it will be strengthened".

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Although Rajinikanth has been keeping the people guessing on his political plunge, his last week's appeal to his fans to "prepare for a war" has made clear of his political intentions.

Unconfirmed reports said he would soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This comes amid intensifying speculation that Rajinikanth - whose fan base runs into millions - is thinking about joining politics. " We are sure that he has a plan as he has expressed his political intent in public". Political parties have expressed different views over the global superstar's entry into politics.

After Rajinikanth left people a bit confused about whether he will join politics or not, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to welcome the Tamil superstar with "open arms".

The actor's Kannada origins are often a focal point of discussion in Tamil Nadu, with pro-Tamil groups raising the pitch whenever the Cauvery river water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka escalates. In retaliation, the actor's fans burnt the effigies of Veeralakshmi at Periyar bus terminal in Madurai as a warning to those who have been opposing the actor's entry into the political arena. "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. He had also added that he is "a pure Tamil" and that he has been in Tamil Nadu for more than 40 years.

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