Rumours are rife in TN that superstar Rajinikanth may soon join and take over AIADMK.
Chennai: There are persistent rumours that Tamil superstar Rajinikanth may soon take over the AIADMK.
Though the talk of Rajini joining the AIADMK has been on for some time, it is an interview that a minister gave to a local TV channel that set the cat out of the bag.
In an interview on Puthiya Thalaimurai TV channel with editor Karthigaichelvan, State Tamil development and culture minister Mafoi K. Pandiarajan said on Rajinikant: “It could be alliance, he could even join us”.
He was replying to a question on how the minister viewed the oft-repeated promise by Rajinikanth that he would deliver the ‘good rule of MGR’ to the people of Tamil Nadu.
Pandirajan then said “Who knows, he may even come to us.” The editor pressed further: “Will he come to your party for alliance?” The AIADMK minister did not hesitate in replying saying he could join the party.
Soon social media was on fire.
“It is an interesting situation. Something big is emerging, you can be sure of that”, Deccan Chronicle quoted an informed source. “In any case, Rajini is most likely to come out with a decisive announcement in a couple of weeks. We must wait and see if it is the launch of a new party, or joining up the AIADMK”.
Rajini has been struggling to put together the infrastructure for a new party and a team of trusted lieutenants to launch a political party. It also involves massive investment by way of money and human resources.
Chronicle quoted an informed source as saying: “It would be a humongous task for Rajini to launch a political party and build up the cadre-base in time for the next elections. He cannot skip the Lok Sabha elections saying it happened too soon for him to be ready. And it would take huge amount of resources to get the army ready for the next Assembly polls; things will get tougher if the state polls are advanced to take place along with the Parliament election next year. Best scenario for the superstar would be getting the AIADMK with its huge cadre-base delivered to him on a platter. You may perhaps expect liberal help towards this coming from the BJP and the Centre”.
Rajinikanth has been soft towards the AIADMK government during the last few weeks.
After the demise of Jayalalitha, the AIADMK has been almost rudderless. The party is in desperate need of a popular leader.
The talk of Rajinikanth joining the AIADMK is a major topic of discussion the second-rung leaders in the ruling party and media corridors.