Soon after actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan dropped a hint of alliance with superstar Rajnikanth, making a sensational development in Tamil Nadu politics, the latter has now echoed the same sentiments. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Rajnikanth responded that for Tamil Nadu's welfare, he too is ready to ally with Hassan.
This comes after Rajnikanth was seen distancing himself from the BJP, saying that the party is trying the ''saffronise him". Earlier, Haasan had said that he would not ally with Rajnikanth if his "colour is saffron". Recently, both the actor-turned-politicians attended the unveiling of statue of late film director K. Balachandar at the new office premises of Raaj Kamal Films International in Chennai, dropping major hints about their tie-up.
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.