Gurumurthy meets Rajinikanth, discusses politics

Auditor and Thuglak Editor S Gurumurthy, an influential person in political circles, met superstar Rajinikanth at the latter’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai.

Sources said the two discussed various topics during the meeting, including the party launch of Rajinikanth and its possible tie-up with the BJP and Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam.

The meeting has come at a time when Rajinikanth has been lately making political statements. “Rajini and Gurumurthy are close friends for many years,” added sources.

Recently, Kamal and superstar Rajinikanth had said they would work together in politics, if needed, for the welfare of Tamil Nadu. Also, the ‘miracle’ debate initiated byRajinikanth during his friend and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan’s birthday celebration last Sunday is refusing to die down and is in fact gathering political heat and dust.

Rajinikanth on Thursday reiterated his earlier statement about a miracle and a wonder that would happen in Tamil Nadu politics in 2021 when the state assembly elections will be held.

Soon, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami rubbished Rajinikanth’s claim that the people of the state will witness a miracle or big surprise in 2021, when the elections to the state’s assembly are due.

Palaniswami took the bait willingly at his media interaction at Thoothukudi later in the day. To the scribes’ prodding for a reaction to Rajini’s latest ‘miracle’ jibe, the CM shot back: “I do not know on what basis Rajini has predicted miracle happening in 2021; perhaps he has meant the return of the AIADMK rule after winning the elections”.

Rajnikanth made the statement on Thursday while talking about a possible political alliance with his contemporary and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan. “In 2021, people of Tamil Nadu will 100 per cent create a big wonder and marvel in politics,” he said in an apparent reference to the polls scheduled then and possibly about him coming to play a major role then.

Rajinikanth was reacting to minister D Jayakumar’s statement, earlier in the day, that communal, caste and spiritual politics would never take off in Tamil Nadu. Rajinikanth, who is expected to launch his political party next year, had already indicated that his party would pursue “spiritual politics.”

“People of Tamil Nadu will 100% ensure that a miracle and a wonder happen in politics in the state in 2021,” he told reporters at Chennai airport. He also added that matters concerning his party joining hands with actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and in that case the likely chief ministerial candidate would be decided closer to the elections.