Expressing happiness that his buddy, Rajinikanth, had determined to not enter politics in view of his well being, veteran Congress chief P Chidambaram stated the 70-year-old celebrity was a “religious Hindu, however a secular man” and unlikely to assist the BJP.
The response was among the many many who got here from political events in Tamil Nadu the place elections are due in months and alliances have began to point out pressure.
Mr Rajinikanth’s resolution to steer clear of electoral politics, taken days after he was hospitalised amid a coronavirus scare, has created buzz about who the 70-year-old would assist to “serve the folks with out coming into politics”, like he stated in his emotional letter launched right now.
“I’m blissful for Mr Rajinikanth. I’ve been his buddy for a few years, going again to 1996. I had suggested him earlier that he mustn’t enter politics straight… He was a robust ethical affect in 1996, and he can nonetheless be a robust ethical and moral affect in 2021 and sooner or later,” Mr Chidambaram instructed NDTV.
Requested if he would again the BJP, because the get together had hoped forward of the elections in Tamil Nadu the place its prospects appear to have run into uneven waters over variations with ally AIADMK, Mr Chidambaram stated, “I’m positive he’ll bear his assist in favour of events that oppose the BJP.”
“He’s a religious Hindu, however secular. His broad fan assist constitutes the Dalits, OBCs, minorities. He understands the plight of underclass of India,” stated the previous finance minister, who has been severely vital of the nationwide dispensation’s choices.
The BJP has chosen to stay distant on the topic as a “sensible get together”, however stated the choice would positively carry aid to the 2 pillars of Tamil Nadu politics – the AIADMK and the DMK.
“Each AIDMK and DMK would have heaved a sigh of aid as he would have eaten into their votes. The nationwide events don’t have any maintain in Tamil Nadu… BJP is just not upset… Tamil Nadu is thought to be a state the place a variety of movie stars have turn into profitable politicians… We all know how Jayalalithaa, Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi), MGR got here to energy and the way folks adored them. They noticed Mr Rajinikanth as maybe the one one that may exchange them… with a brand new model of governance freed from corruption and lots of different ills that appear to have befallen Tamil Nadu,” stated Lalitha Kumaramangalam of the BJP, which has no illustration within the state Meeting.
“At some stage earlier than the elections he might come ahead (and assist a celebration). However all that is hypothesis,” she added.
Desirous to keep away from a repeat of 1996 – when Mr Rajinikanth’s assertion “If Jayalalithaa is voted again, even God can not save Tamil Nadu” resulted in her defeat – the AIADMK responded saying the celebrity’s affect was “overhyped”.
AIADMK spokesperson Apsara Reddy stated, “I’ve at all times voiced my concern for his well being, and I want him properly. He ought to have launched his get together to have any vital influence as a politician. We overhyped him as a political product. If he was a vote-catching machine all his movies would have executed properly. Politically, he was not an amazing menace to us no less than. The final two governments have been progressive authorities by Jayalalithaa madam and other people wouldn’t have voted for him when it comes to a frontrunner.”