On January 14, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth targeted the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK), the springboard that launched both the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and therefore the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) by criticising party ideologue, the revered late Periyar’ E.V. Ramasamy. Rajini’s focus was on Periyar’s distaste for Hindu deities and sorts of worship. Expectedly, the Dravidian parties took umbrage, but the superstar refused to backtrack .
On February 5, the actor and wannabe politician called the media to declare that certain political parties were instigating protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA for political gains which the National Population Register (NPR) was very essential. with great care happens that the discharge of a replacement Rajini-starrer Thalaivar 168 is around the corner, and a cursory check out the script of the past few years indicates that Rajini’s interest in politics perks up whenever a replacement film is due out.
But now there’s the added impetus of the launch of his party which, sources say, will happen after the puthaandu (Tamil New Year Day on April 14). this is often where the anti-Periyar comments, made at the golden jubilee celebrations function for Thuglak magazine (now travel by RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy) and his pro-CAA comments have led some to ask whether an appointment with the BJP is on the cards. Rajini himself has pooh-poohed the thought , and says he will rally those political forces inimical to the DMK or AIADMK to make a 3rd alternative. Analysts say he’s getting to fill the vacuum left by the passing of top leaders within the two big Dravidian parties. While the DMK, led by the late Karunanidhi’s son M.K. Stalin remains a formidable cadre-based party, the AIADMK, now steered by the duo of chief minister E.K. Palaniswami and his deputy O. Panneerselvam, could find it difficult to carry on to its rank and file as elections near.
Rajini has been talking about joining politics and floating a celebration for over two years now. He has promised aanmiga arasiyal (truthful politics) without elaborating on how he will pursue such a goal. Local committees have also been found out in the least levels through his fan clubs, under the aegis of the Rajini Makkal Mandram. for several years now, the actor had also reportedly been in regular touch with Cho Ramaswamy (the late Thuglak editor) and his successor Gurumurthy.
G. Palanithurai, former head of politics and development administration at Gandhigram Rural Institute in Dindigul, feels the time is ripe for a change. The people are disillusioned with the corruption within the two big Dravidian parties. The BJP will back him. Smaller parties also will join Rajini, as they did with the People’s Welfare Front steered by DMDK’s Vijayakanth in 2016. The Dravidian ethos has faded, this may help Rajini against his critics, he says.
Meanwhile, on the acting front, Rajini’s films haven’t exactly been raking it within the way they did within the past. Indeed, his latest release, Darbar, which came out on January 9, did so poorly that the film’s distributors protested outside his house demanding compensation.
Rajini’s critics say his always imminent shift to politics is simply tons of hype. He projects himself as a natural alternative to the bad Dravidian model of governance’, but he has not backed it with anything concrete. As of now, he has nothing new offer, says political analyst N. Sathiya Moorthy. Also, his rivals will surely continue the offensive over his recent tax case. It can seriously dent his Mr Clean image.