In fresh hint at joining politics, Rajinikanth tells fans to be ready for ‘war’

Rajinikanth also asserted his Tamil identity, calling the people of Tamil Nadu “God”, who made him the star he is today.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: May 20, 2017 7:32 am
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MAINTAINING THAT the political system is “corrupt” and democracy is in a “rotten” state in Tamil Nadu, actor Rajinikanth on Friday dropped a fairly broad hint that he will join politics as he appealed fans to be ready for “war” at the right time.

Speaking on the fifth and last day of his programme to interact with fans from various districts, held at Raghvendra wedding hall here, Rajinikanth also asserted his Tamil identity, calling the people of Tamil Nadu “God”, who made him the star he is today.

Reacting to some statements that he is not Tamil — without mentioning the identity bit, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today reportedly slammed his purported political plans, stating that the superstar has “no future in politics” — Rajinikanth said, “There were questions being raised on whether Rajinikanth is a Tamil. I am 66 now. I lived in Karnataka for 23 years and the remaining 43 years here (Tamil Nadu).”

He said, “You made me…gave me all this fame and wealth. You Gods (Tamil fans) made me a Thamizhan (Tamil). So I am a pacha Thamizhan (true-blooded Tamil). My father was born in Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu)…”

On speculation about his joining politics, Rajinikanth said, “They ask me why I want to correct things when there are others (leaders). Yes, there are (other) leaders: (DMK’s M K) Stalin is there, my good friend (and) the best administrator. Cho (Ramaswamy, late political commentator) used to say Stalin will do the best if given a ‘free hand’ in politics, but that has not happened. (PMK’s) Anbumani Ramadoss is well-educated, has modern thoughts…. (Dalit party VCK leader Thol) Thirumavalavan is also admired a lot. Seeman (leader of Naam Tamilar Katchi) is a fighter. I was excited to listen to some of his views. There are others…”

But to change the “corrupt” system and “rotten” democracy in the state, “we all have to work together”, he said.

Drawing an analogy, Rajinikanth said, “In ancient times, people had their duties and jobs but when war came, they all came together to fight for their pride and values…. (So) you return home, take care of your responsibilities, but when the war comes…keep a watch…”

Stating that his party, VCK, would welcome any move by Rajinikanth to join politics, Thirumavalavan said, “His appeal to prepare for a ‘war’ indicates that his entry into politics may come true this time.”

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          Rajeev Ganth
          May 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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            Subspan Raman
            May 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm
            So his fan club is going to rule TN? His producers and distributors are going to become ministers? Get real. The idea that in India you can have a corrupt free party. That is like asking pigs to fly. Young men and women talk about democracy but will not give up their seats to an aged person. Sorry but we have a long way to go.
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                May 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm
                cini actors who claim that they will change the world by joining politics are living in a fantasy world.
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                  Shekhar
                  May 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm
                  is there anyone in TN politics who just talk about development, corruption free, discrimination free, inclusive government rather than the same rhetoric of the great civilization....super great tamil iden y...super super great amma...pappa of the downtroddens ...enough of this non sense...it has already taken away tamil nadu from regionalism to sub-nationalism...I don't expect and don't want Rajini Sir to apply the same formula..Sir, use what is right and NOT what is easy....
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                    Parth Garg
                    May 20, 2017 at 1:56 pm
                    Rajnikant is heading towards his Waterloo. His movie will have a tragic end.
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                      albert
                      May 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm
                      RSS Trolls and terrorists will be decimated in Tamil Nadu followed by States all over India. Long live democracy.
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                      SAMAR
                      May 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                      rajnikanth has again taken the oft beaten path and is trying to invoke attraction of tamil people by harping upon tamil iden y and tamil brotherhood for garnering votes on inciting regionalism and casteism.
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                        Kamalnathan
                        May 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                        IF WE THINK ALL POLITICIANS ARE CORRUPTED. THEN WHO WILL COME TO TIE THE BELL TO THE CAT... IN THE DARK ROOM WHO WILL LIGHT THE LAMP ... SOMEBODY SHOULD BEGIN ISN'T? NEXT LANGUAGE... THE LATE MGR IS NOT A TAMILIAN.... BUT RULED TAMILNADU IN A GOOD MANNER UNTIL HIS DEATH. SO WHY NOT MR. RAJNIKANT...? IF HE WANTS TO DO GOOD THINGS FOR TAMILIANS... LET HIM DO. WE WILL WELCOME HIM IN POLITICS. MR. RAJNI SIR YOU ARE WELCOME TO POLITICS. DEFINITELY MY VOTE IS FOR YOU...
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                          ganesh
                          May 20, 2017 at 9:59 am
                          Dear Mr.Rajini, Is it fair ?.... Since long time you have been cheating your fans . It is evident that all this drama is to promote your film.... if you have guts , can you come to ground and address speech in front of tamil people then you will understand your real "worth". Your film will turn duds and it is pay off for you. ( already you have been half paid off by god )....
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                            t k
                            May 20, 2017 at 6:41 am
                            Dear Rajini, please stay away from TN politics. Tamilians always like corrupt politicians and will never vote for people like Kamaraj or Kakkan. No one can change the fate of TN as voters are being bribed by so called Dravidian parties.
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