In a massive development in Tamil Nadu politics, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan said that he can ally with the Rajnikanth for the welfare of the state. This comes as a major statement by Haasan after he said that he would not ally with him ''if his colour was saffron." Almost a week ago, Rajnikanth in an event had distanced himself from the BJP, saying they are trying to colour him "saffron." Speaking at an event on Tuesday, Haasan said: "If there is necessary then for the betterment of Tamil Nadu, we will join hands."
Since Rajnikanth announced his entry into politics, he is seen to be in alignment with the BJP because of his closeness to Ramkrishna Maths and mission. Haasan, on the other hand, since his entry into active politics has been known for his controversial statements and his stance over ''freedom of speech."
Launching his party in a public meeting in Madurai in February 2018, Hasan had said that his party will fulfil the vacuum in Tamil politics. He also launched his party flag which shows six interlocked hands. The meaning, he explained was co-operation between the Southern states of India. In Lok Sabha elections, the party contested on 36 seats but did not win any seat.
In 2017, Rajinikanth announced his entry into politics, at a time when Tamil Nadu faced a vacuum after the demise of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and ailing of DMK chief M Karunanidhi. However, he did not contest the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year. While Kamal Haasan launched his party Makkal Nidhi Maiyyam, Rajinikanth has not announced a party, instead reiterated that he will work for people of Tamil Nadu. He had, last year, launched his own website 'rajinimandram.org' and a party logo. In a video message to his fans, the superstar had appealed them to register to the website and help him develop Tamil Nadu.
While a prominent and popular face is missing from Tamil politics after the demise of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and DMK chief Karunanidhi, the AIADMK in alliance with the BJP is ruling the state with chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the helm of affairs. The BJP is trying to make inroads in the southern state which is known for its regional politics. While DMK has now been taken over by Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin, AIADMK is facing stiff opposition from its faction - Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), led by Sasikala's nephew Dinakaran.