Rajini distancing himself from BJP not a surprise, says Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam leader

 thehindu.com  11/11/2019 02:02:51  2

Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam leader Tamilaruvi Maniyan, a confidant and advisor of actor Rajinikanth, says he is not surprised by the Tamil superstars statement that he will not fall into the saffron trap.

In an interview, he insists that Mr. Rajinikanth will launch his party next year and lead an alliance. Excerpts:

I have been saying for the last two-and-a-half years that he will not allow himself to be painted in any particular colour. Had he been ready, he would have started his party before the Lok Sabha polls and entered into an alliance with other political parties. When he eventually starts a party, he will lead an alliance in Tamil Nadu.

But I cannot say who will be the constituents of the alliance  that will depend on the political situation. I am sure that he will launch a party next year and face the Assembly election.

There is no specific reason. When his comments were sought on the BJPs attempt to depict [poet-savant]Tiruvalluvar in saffron robes, he found the situation relevant and expressed his views.

Even bad people take some good decisions. He supported the good decisions [of the BJP] and stayed away from those that werent to his liking.

I have one objective. The doors should be shut on the two Dravidian majors  the AIADMK and the DMK  that have destroyed Tamil Nadu. My political life began the day (former Chief Minister) Kamaraj was defeated in 1967. I prostrated before him.

I have been watching the Dravidian parties for the last 50 years. I am ready to do anything to free Tamil Nadu from the clutches of these parties.

I am 100% confident of it. He will never have an alliance with either the DMK or the AIADMK. I have been meeting him regularly over the past 30 months, and I can say this without any doubt.

That is for Mr. Rajinikanth to decide. How can I decide on that on his behalf?

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