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Will he, won’t he? Rajini hints at politics entry but refuses to give his word

Rajinikanth says Tamil politics needs fixing, says will take decision on political foray “when the time comes”

india Updated: May 23, 2017 12:53 IST
KV Lakshmana
KV Lakshmana
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Rajinikanth was meeting fans in Chennai when he made the comments.(HT photo)

Film star Rajinikanth said on Friday that Tamil Nadu’s politics needs fixing and urged a gathering of his fans to “take me to a level from where I can do anything”, leading many to believe he was joining politics.

Rajinikanth, regarded an icon by millions in his state, did not make a clear statement on his plans, saying that he will decide on joining politics when the time comes. Many believe his political plunge is inevitable, akin to many of the state’s most successful leaders.

Five of seven chief ministers from Dravidian parties were actively involved in Tamil cinema either as writers or as actors. The most known among them being MG Ramachandran and his protégé J Jayalalithaa.

“We have good leaders like (MK) Stalin, Anbumani (Ramadoss) and Seeman. But what do we do when the system is bad, democracy has deteriorated? This system needs to be changed and a change has to be brought in the minds of people, than only will the country flourish,” Rajnikanth said, according to IANS.

“I have my profession, my job. I have some responsibilities and you have your jobs. Go back to your places and do your job. Let’s meet when it’s time for war.”

Former chief minister O Panneerselvam appeared to have taken Rajinikanth’s comments to suggest the actor announced his entry to politics.

“He (Rajinikanth) is a very good person, we welcome his entry into politics,” Panneerselvam said, according to ANI.

Earlier this week, Rajinikanth had said: “If it’s God’s will, I will join politics.”


Political analyst Prof Bernard D Sami of Lyola College said suggestions that Rajinikanth fans such rumours right before a release of his films cannot be ruled out.

“In the past, such discussions dominated Tamil Nadu when his film Linga was released and, coincidentally, similar talk happened when Enthiran (Robot) was released. And how his Enthiran 2 is ready for a release,” said Prof Sami.

(with agency inputs)

First Published: May 19, 2017 15:37 IST