AIADMK rightly wary with 'star-rise' in Tamil Nadu, 'vacuum' may be filled


New Delhi, March 5: AIADMK MPs are and worried about the massive crowd at superstar Rajinikanth's maiden political speech yesterday.

At least 25 to 30 Lok Sabha AIADMK MPs were heard talking about Rajini's entry into politics and whether it would make a dent in their respective parliamentary constituencies. These MPs speculate that at least 50,000 AIADMK voters per parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu would move to the Rajinikanth camp.

A senior AIADMK leader feared that this was the first and last time that they would be elected to the Lok Sabha. AIADMK MPs who missed watching Rajinikanth's speech on TV watched it on their phones.  

"Nobody can match MGR even in 1,000 years and that includes me," he said referring to criticism, especially from the ruling AIADMK, that not all can emulate Ramachandran's success in politics.

In his speech, which gave an insight into his political ideology and his priorities of his yet-to-be launched party, Rajinikanth acknowledged he was 'not MGR' and 'if someone says he will be (like) MGR, he will only be a crazy man'.

"But I am confident that I can give a rule like him, that will benefit the poor and the common man," he said amidst loud cheers from the gathering at the ACS Medical College and Hospital, where he unveiled a statue of MGR.

However, in view of the current 'political vacuum' I am confident I will be able to give a 'good' administration and 'spiritual' governance', he said.

In his first political remarks since December 31 last when he announced he will enter politics, Rajinikanth, who has a large fan following, said there was a 'vacuum for a good leader' in the state politics currently.

This was following the demise of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and ill-health of 93-year old Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi who has become inactive politically of late, he said.

The road leading to the function venue was dotted with banners and posters hailing and welcoming the actor.

Rajinikanth gave away awards to some students on the occasion.

His event today comes days after contemporary Kamal Haasan launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam.