Speaking to reporters outside his Chennai residence, barely ten days before Tamil Nadu goes to the polls, Superstar Rajinikanth clarified his political stance and also expressed his opinion on the BJP manifesto which promises linking of rivers. Rajinikanth was to leave for Mumbai, where his latest film ‘Darbar’ is to go on floors from tomorrow.
When asked about his political stance, Rajini said that it was as mentioned earlier and remains unchanged. In a statement issued in February this year, Rajini had mentioned that he or his party would not be contesting the Lok Sabha polls and that their party’s aim would be the Tamil Nadu assembly polls that are slated for 2021.
Kamal Haasan said last month he believed he would get his Apoorva Ragangal (1975) co-star’s support. But today, Rajinikanth simply said there was no change in his political stand and asked people not to “ruin” his friendship with the Makkal Needhi Maiam president, the Tamil channel Puthiya Thalaimurai reported.
Rajinikanth has also welcomed the BJP’s pledge to create a new ministry that will work to interlink rivers.
என்னுடைய அரசியல் நிலைப்பாட்டில் எந்த மாற்றமும் இல்லை; எனக்கும் கமலுக்கும் உள்ள நட்பை கெடுத்து விடாதீர்கள்
நதிகளை இணைப்போம் என்ற பாஜகவின் தேர்தல் வாக்குறுதி வரவேற்கத்தக்கது; ஆனாலும் தேர்தல் நேரம் என்பதால் அதிகம் பேச விரும்பவில்லை
— PuthiyathalaimuraiTV (@PTTVOnlineNews) April 9, 2019
Rajinikanth, 68, has said he won’t contest assembly bypolls scheduled for April 18, also the day when Tamil Nadu votes to send MPs to the Lok Sabha. He has said his target is the assembly election in 2021, and not this year’s national election.
“Water shortage is the main issue that Tamil Nadu faces. Ahead of the upcoming polls I lovingly request you to analyse, think and vote for a decisive majority at the national level, which you think could solve the water woes of Tamil Nadu and introduce adequate schemes to bring a permanent solution.”
Despite Rajini not contesting in the upcoming polls, his words could certainly be of significance for millions of his fans who are to cast their vote.
Tamil Nadu sends 39 MPs to the lower House of Parliament in a general election. Only four states — Uttar Pradesh (80), Maharashtra (48), West Bengal (42), and Bihar (40) — elect larger contingents of lawmakers.
Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (“People’s Justice Front”) has named candidates for the Lok Sabha election, but he is not one of them.
The election in Tamil Nadu will feature a face-off between an AIADMK weakened by infighting since the death of J Jayalalithaa on one hand, and the DMK on the other. While the AIADMK has joined the NDA, its old rival is with the UPA.
The AMMK, led by rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, has also emerged as a potent electoral force.