Rajinikanth welcome in politics, says ex-Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam

Friday's speech, however, set tongues wagging all over again. "Without opposition, there is no entry into politics" was his cryptic message to his fans, the superstar's meeting with them becoming more frequent lately.

"Go home and do your work. When the war comes we shall see".

The kings in the olden days had armies of 5,000-10,000 men and the rest of the population attended to other vocations such as farming; but when war came, everyone launched into the battle to protect their land and their pride.

"He (Rajinikanth) is a very good person, we welcome his entry into politics", the former state CM was quoted as saying by the news agency. Thirumavalavan (VCK leader) is working for Dalits. Late Cho (Ramaswamy) used to say if given a free rein Stalin will perform well. He is a good administrator. Seeman (Naam Tamizhar Katchi leader) is a fighter.

He added that the state of democracy has deteriorated. "Then why do people want him in politics?", Katju wrote in his blog. Thus, he managed to placate possible political rivals and allies, while highlighting the need to clean up the "system". So we have to change the system.

Rajinikanth also confirmed he will commence shooting for his next yet-untitled Tamil project with director Pa. Ranjith from May 28 onwards.

"Tamils have given this life to me".

He added that the people of Tamil Nadu "made me Tamil by their inflinching support".

On the first day of the five-day event, he had said that he had no political aspirations but "If God wills it, I will enter politics tomorrow".

Many are seeing this as a befitting reply to actor-turned-politician Sarath Kumar's "outsider" remark against him, made earlier this year. "He has no idea or the qualification to be CM".

Though Rajinikanth maintained that he has no political aspirations, but there has been speculation around the actor possibly launching his own political outfit to fill in the void that has been left in state politics after the demise of popular Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. And it could be just around the corner, for those who have watched him for decades believe that this is the biggest hint that he has ever given indicating that he will join politics.

  • Jacqueline Ellis