Superstar Rajinikanth once again left his fans hanging on Monday, by choosing to remain non-committal about his entry into politics. What more, he even claimed that the support he extended to the DMK-TMC alliance ahead of the 1996 Assembly elections, was a 'political accident'.
The actor made these comments while addressing fans from three districts who had gathered in the Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam to take photos with him. He will be meeting select members of his 'Rasigar mandram' over the next four days. The superstar who is meeting fans after eight long years, stuck to the formula he always uses as far as his plunge into politics is concerned: He claimed that 'God will decide' if he must become a politician.
However, despite having heard this very same line multiple times over the decades, Tamil Nadu politicians were quick to analyse and dissect his statements.
BJP leader Gangai Amaran, who stoked controversy after his meeting with the actor ahead of the RK Nagar bye-polls, claimed that this was a sign that the actor was ready for politics. "I believe that he has made his entry clear and we welcome him. People want a politician who believes in God and spirituality. Rajini has spoken many sharp truths today," claimed the music director.
Except, one of the many 'truths' that the actor spoke was that people were misusing his name and claiming his support, when he actually does not favour any political party. When asked about this allegation, Gangai Amaran hastily said, "I met him after he called me, in the capacity of a friend."
The Congress however, doesnâ€™t seem pleased about the hints the superstar gave in his speech today. "He has clearly not come to a decision yet," said Nagma, All India Mahila Congress general secretary. "People are saying he is going to join the BJP, but we don't know what his plan is yet," she insisted.
Not just the national parties, even regional leaders seem rattled by the actor's repetitive dialogues. The DMK, especially, was clearly vexed by the superstar's claim that his support to the party was an accident.
"He has earned all these days in Tamil Nadu and through the people of this state. Maybe he now wants to give something back," said Radha Ravi. But the thinly veiled criticism didn't end there. "Perhaps he felt like he was relegated to a corner, as other leaders spoke. His speech should have been more constructive," he added.
The superstar seems to have a set script as far as his addresses to fans and public is concerned. The political reactions to his consistent claims, however, have turned out to be more entertaining.