CM slams Rajini, Kamal; draws flak from Sivaji fans

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has lashed out at top stars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth for their political ambitions and said they would meet a similar fate that awaited legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan in politics.

Hitting out at the Makkal Needhi Maiam founder, Palaniswami said Kamal Haasan would face the same fate as legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan in politics. “Kamal Hassan is a tall leader in politics. Why did his party skip the by-elections in Nanguneri and Vikravandi?” he said.

The CM added: “How many votes did his party secure in the Loksabha polls? He has become old and his film opportunities have reduced. That is the reason why he started a political party. It’s his democratic right to start a party. There is nothing wrong with it. But he can’t blame others,”

In a democracy, nevertheless, anybody can launch a celebration and it’s a matter of proper, he mentioned. Concentrating on the actor-politician for locating fault along with his authorities, the Chief Minister needed to know “where he had been all these years.”

A day after slamming superstar Rajinikanth for stating, just as Kamal has now done, that there was leadership vacuum in TN politics (after the demise of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi), CM Palaniswami said the MNM leader had launched into politics as  his movie innings had dried up as he had turned old. He had earlier hit out at Rajinikanth saying he was only an actor and not a political leader. The vacuum comment came only from actors and not any political leader, he said.

When asked about Rajinikanth’s recent comment that there was scope for strong leadership in the state, Palaniswami said the actor should first enter the field before commenting on the political scenario. Palaniswami said there was no vacuuum in the state as has been proved by the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in the recently held bypolls.

Meanwhile, Sivaji Ganesan Social Welfare Association has condemned the remarks of Palaniswami and said an accidental Chief Minister has no right to comment about the legendary actor.

“While chief minister has said that actors launch political parties only when they become old, it seems he is referring to MGR also. It is high time someone informed chief minister Palaniswami that when AIADMK and Congress were in alliance in the past, Sivaji Ganesan had extensively campaigned for the victory of several AIADMK candidates,” said Sivaji Social Welfare Association president K Chandhrasekaran in a statement.