I will not fall into saffron trap: Rajini
Seeking to distance himself from the BJP, actor and aspiring politician Rajinikanth on Friday said that neither Tamil poet-savant Thiruvalluvar nor he would fall into the trap of saffronisation.
When journalists referred to a meeting BJP leader Pon. Radhakrishnan had with him and asked if he would consider joining the party, Rajinikanth said, “Like how it happened to Thiruvalluvar, BJP’s (saffron) colour is being smeared on me. Neither Thiruvalluvar nor I will fall into the trap.”
While clarifying that it was not true that BJP had reached out to him, Rajinikanth said that the persistent accusation that he was the BJP’s face in the State was only to be expected, given the current state of politics in Tamil Nadu. “This is common in today’s politics. Some people are trying to portray me as BJP’s face and it won’t succeed,” he added.
Despite victories of the DMK in the recent Lok Sabha elections and Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami steadying the AIADMK by ensuring the survival of his government and also winning the two bypolls recently by a wide margin, Mr. Rajinikanth insisted that there was still a leadership vacuum.
“Tamil Nadu still lacks a leader with calibre. Yes, there is a vacuum,” he said.
The actor, who participated in the unveiling of his mentor K. Balachander’s bust at the office of Raj Kamal Films International, said the whole controversy involving Thiruvalluvar was rather “silly”. However, he added that Thiruvalluvar was no atheist. “The BJP seems to have done it on their social media pages. They haven’t said that all Thiruvalluvar statues should be saffronised. But, why should this be such a big controversy? People have so many problems and so many needs. This controversy is just silly,” he said. The actor rejected the idea of his yetto-be launched party contesting the local body elections. Mr. Rajinikanth also urged people to exercise caution if and when the Ayodhya verdict is delivered.