Rajinikanth welcome in politics, says ex-Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam

Smooth After earning Rs 26 crore for his role in Sivaji, he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time

Smooth After earning Rs 26 crore for his role in Sivaji, he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time

As Rajinikanth wrapped up his first round of interactions with his fans in Tamil Nadu on Friday, the question which was again on everyone's minds was: Is Rajinikanth joining politics? The actor who met his fans after 8 years, said how after living in Tamil Nadu for 43 years and receiving the fans" appreciation, he has now turned into a "true-Tamilian'.

"We won't compel Rajinikanth to join politics, we won't object (to) Rajinikanth joining politics", said Narayan Thirupathi, a local leader from the BJP. The actor however shied away from politics for the reasons best known to him.

Panneerselvam faction's leader and a former minister KP Munuswamy said it was natural for Rajinikanth to talk about politics because there was now a vacuum caused by the death of Jayalalithaa and ill health of Karunanidhi.

On the last day of his meeting with fans, superstar Rajinikanth has given enough hints on his highly anticipated political plunge.

As per the current buzz in Tamil Nadu, Rajini is is considering starting his own political party.

For the uninitiated Sarath Kumar, in the past, had labelled Rajinikanth an "outsider" Kannadiga, who stepped into Tamil Nadu to find work.

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Referring to his political career, Rajinikanth said, "I have my profession, my job". I have some responsibilities and you have your jobs. Go back to your places and do your job.

And when is it time for war?

It is not uncommon for his fans across the state to frequently put up posters urging him to come and "lead" and "save" Tamil Nadu.

He also acknowledged other leaders like PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss, VCK chief Thol.

Earlier this week, the megastar had set tongues wagging with his remarks that that if he joined politics, he would show the door to all "money-minded" people. If God decides that I join politics, then I will do so.

Going by his comments, the charismatic actor is likely to float a new party, which has made existing parties such as the BJP, AIADMK and DMK nervous. If God willing, I will enter politics tomorrow. The actor also said he had made a mistake by backing a political alliance 21 years ago.

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