Superstar Rajinikanth’s interactions with the media on Friday created a political storm in Tamil Nadu, after he said that attempts are being made to paint him saffron, but he would not fall into the trap. He also said there is a politcal vaccum in Tamil Nadu.
Leaders from various parties have reacted to his remarks. While the BJP said they did not try to woo Rajini to their party, DMK senior leader Durai Murugan said the political vaccum in the State after the death of Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa was filled by M K Stalin.
Speaking to reporters at his Poes Garden residence in Chennai, Rajini sad, “Some people are trying to give saffron colour to me too, just like they did for Thiruvalluvar. Neither Thiruvalluvar nor I will get caught in that attempt.”
He also said that BJP did not invite him to join the party. “I have always been open about my stand. There is an attempt by some people to portray me as a BJP man. But, I have to take that decision. Just because they wished, it is not right to project that they (BJP) are waiting for me,” he said.
Rajinikanth said that Thiruvalluvar was somebody who was very knowledgeable and an intellectual sage, and such personalities cannot be restricted to religion. “Thiruvalluvar was not an atheist. He was a believer. It is evident from his Thirukkurals. Nobody can deny or forget that,” he added.
Asked about senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan calling on him at his residence, Rajini said that “he visited me to just greet me on being selected for the Golden Icon award to be bestowed on me at the International Film Festival in India at Goa.”