When it comes to the field of cinema, Rajinikanth’s success is unquestionable. In politics, however, it appears that the ‘superstar’ is still learning the ropes.
Ten Cuddalore district office bearers of his political outfit, the Rajini Makkal Mandram, met with the actor on Friday and reportedly apologised for making ‘out-of-turn’ remarks to the media.
Speaking to TNM, sources in the outfit said that clear diktats have been repeatedly issued to members to not speak to the media. “We feel they should be reinstated but Thalaivar should not give them any post. They should first learn to follow discipline. They know his style of functioning very well,” one RMM member says. Some reports also suggest that the RMM members were ousted following reports that they had spent lavishly on outfit activities.
Just days ago, Rajinikanth issued a stern statement to his fans, asking them not to expect to make profits out of politics.
According to one report in The Week, on October 23, Rajinikanth wrote in a statement, “In May this year, when I had the fans meeting, I had made it clear that I would not entertain anyone with the intention to make money or look for lucrative positions. I had said that those who had such intentions should get away. It was not just words that I uttered. I want to bring a new political rhetoric in Tamil Nadu and usher in a change in the political scene in the state.”
However, it appears this tough love had not gone down too well with his supporters. The backlash caused Rajinikanth to issue a clarification soon after.
“I am proud to have fans like you. No force in this world can break the bond between me and my fans,” Rajinikanth wrote on Friday.
According to sources quoted in The Hindu, Rajinikanth’s supporters were reportedly disappointed over new office-bearers in the outfit side-lining long-time fans.
One member of the outfit told the newspaper, “He had also said that he wouldn’t accept the reasoning that his fans have spent money on RMM’s activities because he had never asked them to spend money in the first place. All these years, we have spent money for his films. He didn’t stop us, did he? How does he expect us to collect photographs from people, take print-outs of identity documents and complete these tasks within a specific time frame? All of this needs time and money.”