Film superstar Rajinikanth casts himself as India's saviour from corruption

  • Film superstar Rajinikanth casts himself as India's saviour from corruption

Film superstar Rajinikanth casts himself as India's saviour from corruption

In a state where Periyar and subsequent political movements spoke about the fallacies and contradictions in the Bhagavad Gita, can Rajinikanth alter the political framework of the southern state?

Chennai: Political leaders in Tamil Nadu on Sunday welcomed actor Rajinikanth's entry into politics and his decision to contest the next Assembly elections. Following the demise of the state's "Amma", the leaders of the ruling AIADMK got into a major power struggle, with the party getting split into two factions - one lead by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and other by his predecessor O Panneerselvam. "It is shallow talk with religious tones", he said.

M.G. Ramachandran (MGR), founder of AIADMK enjoyed a unique following and was a symbol who captured the imagination of the poor and the marginalised.

His close friends and family in Bengaluru were aware that the actor was seriously mulling over entering politics for sometime now, but were not sure when he would take the plunge. Even though Rajinikanth clarified "spiritual politics" means "justice and fair politics", BJP sees an opportunity to make inroads in Tamil Nadu, its last frontier.

Ending a decade-long speculation on Sunday, Rajinikanth announced his entry into politics and said he will launch his own party.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not win a seat in Tamil Nadu's 2016 elections.

Rajinikanth's entry into the state politics "will hopefully bring about tectonic changes in the 60 year old frozen Dravidian politics". Late Jayalalithaa was a staunch believer and never tried to hide it.

Superstar Rajinikanth uttering that his party will work upon spiritual politics and this has incurred positive response from all actors and socialites including politicians. "His spirituality is like that of any commoner who believes in God", he told DNA.

He had said his first priority would be to bring together his unregistered and registered fan clubs under one umbrella.

Rajangam, however, said that BJP would certainly try to use Rajini's spirituality for their own political advantage.