CHENNAI: The ruling AIADMK mocked the idea of an alliance between Tamil film ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth and actor-founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan, saying it would seem like a “cat and mouse living together.”
An article published in the AIADMK mouthpiece Namathu Amma, said, “while Rajinikanth had announced he would take forward spiritual politics, Haasan is known for rationalism and communism.”
On Tuesday, when asked about Haasan’s comment earlier in the day that he would work with him for the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth said: “if a situation arises, we will work together for the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu.”
On Sunday, Rajini’s commented that Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami would not have dreamt of becoming Chief Minister and sustaining power. “So wonders and miracles happen. It happened yesterday, it is happening today and it will happen tomorrow,” he added.
This caused a storm among the AIADMK members and they have been targeting the veteran actor.
With the two actors announcing they could join hands, the AIADMK said Haasan has lost to Rajinikanth in the film industry and he was apprehensive now about this being repeated in politics. “Time will teach Rajini that a possible partnership with Haasan politically will not be fruitful,” the party said.
The AIADMK, specifically targetting Kamal Haasan, claimed that he was desperate not to lose to Rajini in politics as he had in cinema.
It said the prospective tie-up would in no way affect the AIADMK as it was resting on a “1.5 crore cadre base.”
This was an opportunity for them to successfully take on those aiming to defeat the party.
The article was published with a screen grab from the 1977 Tamil movie Pathinaru Vayadinile, where Kamal Haasan is seen massaging Rajinikanth....