PMK leader and former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said "what Tamil Nadu needs is not an actor but a good administrator". His possible jump into politics now seems closer than ever, and his verbal hints and suddenly energetic actions seem to indicate that his moment of political reckoning could be around the corner. "Now, I am a Pachai Tamilan".
Speaking to his fans on Friday morning, Rajini addressed criticism about his true regional identity. But I will always perform the duty that he bestows on me. I am 66 years old.
Rajinikanth who went on to praise Tamil Nadu politicians said: "Cho Ramaswamy used to say that M.K. Stalin had the capability of doing wonders if he is given freedom to act". Cho Ramasamy once told me if Stalin gets freedom, he can do an unbelievable job.
But when it came to taking a stand on certain issues, such as not voting for the AIADMK in 1996 or supporting Tamil Nadu during the Cauvery water crisis because it was his "karambhoomi" over Karnataka, his "janambhoomi", Rajinikanth has been very unequivocal.
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In an open interaction with his fans, Rajinikanth had said, Right now God is using me as an actor, but I cant say anything about the future. In fact, Jayalalithaa herself had to face those questions throughout her political career, because of which she reiterated her identity as a Tamizhan often.
The superstar also referred to himself as a proud Tamilian. All the media houses across the country gushed out with news of Rajni turning into a political leader soon and would flourish itself in Tamil Nadu before the next national elections in 2019.
This strategy would be appropriate for a man with a "soft power" image as he enters politics. They should know that they are actually helping us and not putting us down.
Later he withdrew from running for office because he didn't want to shortchange the people once the Emergency was lifted and terminated the party he had floated.
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Addressing fans on Friday, the last day of his meet-and-greet sessions, Rajini made a speech that looked like a mini political campaign. You have your jobs to return to. I have lots of work, all of you also have work to do, so go back and start doing it.
"We welcome if he comes to politics".
The one time when he made a political statement he changed the course of the electorate. So we have to wait and see.
On Monday, the actor had triggered rumours of a political plunge saying he would not allow "wrong people" to join him if he chose to enter politics.
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