Rajinikanth: May join hands ‘if need arises’: Rajinikanth & Kamal Haasan | Chennai News

CHENNAI: One professes spiritual politics, the other is a self-proclaimed rationalist. So, shall the twain meet? Yes, if the need arises, said Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in separate interactions with reporters on Tuesday evening.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal set the ball rolling. “There is no need to create a new bond between Rajinikanth and myself. We have been friends for around 44 years. If the need arises, we will come together for the betterment of Tamil Nadu,” Kamal said at Chennai airport.
An hour later, at the same place, Rajini replied to journalists’ queries: “If circumstances demand, I will join hands with Kamal Haasan.” Minister D Jayakumar said it made no difference to the AIADMK’s poll prospects. “Not just Kamal and Rajini, actor Vijay can also join hands with them. The AIADMK will face them on its own and win to form the next government in 2021,” he told a Tamil news channel.

Rajini and Kamal came under attack from AIADMK leaders after Rajini, on November 9, spoke of a “political vacuum” in Tamil Nadu. The next day, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said Rajini was only an actor, not a politician. A day later, Palaniswami targeted Kamal, too, saying both the actors as politicians will meet the fate of Sivaji Ganesan.
Rajini showed that he would no longer shy away from a political spat. Referring to EPS becoming the CM and continuing for so long, Rajini said on Sunday that “miracles and wonders happen in politics”. On Tuesday, Kamal supported Rajini’s statement thus: “It is not criticism, it is a fact.” To a question on the two actors’ divergent ideologies, Kamal said it is too early to discuss policies.
Earlier in the day, minister K T Rajenthira Bhalaji said Rajini had missed the missed the bus and he cannot make his mark in politics now. “He should have entered politics after his movie ‘Baasha’ (1995) and not now when he is almost 70 years and would find it difficult to campaign,” the minister said. “Even our ‘Thala’ (actor Ajith Kumar) is welcome to enter politics,” he said.
Rajini was at the airport on Tuesday on his way to Goa for the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), where he will receive the ‘Icon of Golden Jubilee of IFFI’ award. Earlier in the day, Kamal had returned to the city after receiving an honorary doctorate from Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha.
Kamal’s MNM, now 18 months old, had come third in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in the general elections this year, polling as much as 10% votes in some urban centres. Rajinikanth is likely to launch his political party next year.

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