Rajni political novice

Stating that Rajni's political acumen was limited, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy said even in the past his words didn't count to much even with his fans. He added that he was not in the reckoning.
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Updated on May 05, 2004 08:02 PM IST
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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu

Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said though he regarded Rajinikanth as a patriotic, spiritually inclined and good person, he was not at all aware of his political significance.

Swamy who was here to canvass support for the New Justice Party told reporters that he thought Rajinikanth was not in the reckoning.

The past evidence proved that Rajinikanth's words did not count much with his own fans and even now Rajini had asked the fans to vote for BJP which had no presence in Tamil Nadu, Swamy said.

He said that in the days to come when Hung Parliament was a certainty, Laloo and Mulayam Yadav and Mayawati would play significant roles, when small outfits like his would be required to form a third alternative front.

He said the filmy culture of cutouts and expensive publicity should be fully abolished in elections. He had not written or painted on walls to canvass for himself in Madurai where he is a candidate, he said.

Film stars should not be given tickets to contest polls till they proved their seriousness by ten years in social service, he said adding he would be elected from Madurai and would pose a threat to Jayalalithaa.

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