Many eyebrows raised as Rajinikanth meets DMK chief Karunanidhi


    (G.N.S) Dt. 04
    Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth met DMK supremo Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai today, triggering a storm of speculation that a new alliance could be in the making.
    As he left his home in Poes Garden, Rajinikanth told reporters his visit to the veteran leader’s home would be a courtesy call.
    When asked about his meeting with Karunanidhi, Rajinikanth told the media, “He is the senior-most politician in the country. I respect him a lot. We have a very good friendship. I took his blessings as I am entering politics. I am feeling very happy after meeting him.” He denied saying anything to Stalin, who said that Rajinikanth had asked Karunanidhi for his blessings to start a party.
    “There are some people who think that by using Rajinikanth they can destroy the Dravidian party in Tamil Nadu, but that will never happen. I’ll let you know about supporting Rajinikanth during the elections,” Stalin told the media.
    With the AIADMK riven by the EPS-OPS faction and TTV Dhinakaran, DMK could be looking to come back into prominence by aligning with the mass movie star. But a political overture by Rajinikanth this time could be very different from 1996, when he campaigned for Karunanidhi, who had aligned with the Tamil Maanila Congress against J. Jayalalithaa.
    Though the superstar has already made it clear that he will not support any political party, including the DMK, he has always maintained a cordial relationship with Karunanidhi unlike Amma.
    A DMK leader recalled how Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made a surprise visit to Karunanidhi recently. “Everyone has realised the growing weakness of the AIADMK government,” the DMK leader said.
    A DMK source said that ideologies could be different, but state-Centre relationship could be cordial if the DMK and the BJP are on the same wavelength. The BJP, which has been unable to make inroads into Tamil Nadu, is also trying to woo Rajinikanth, who has called for “a revolution” in the state. If the game changes in the state, the BJP could rely more on a DMK-Rajinikanth ‘alliance’ than TTV Dhinakaran, a political analyst said.
    Rajinikanth announced his political debut on Sunday. Within days, thousands have signed up to be part of his new movement on a website and a mobile app. The Kollywood legend, who has said he’ll “push for spiritual politics without caste or religious leanings,” intends to contest in the next Tamil Nadu assembly election. Karunanidhi is the first political heavyweight he has met since announcing his decision to turn neta.

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