Interesting developments in Rajini, Kamal camps

While the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court today dismissed a petition seeking to stop Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan from campaigning in the by-poll to four Assembly constituencies for his anti-Hindu remark, scientific advisor of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, Ponraj, today held discussions with superstar Rajinikanth.

Hearing a petition filed against Kamal by an advocate Saravanan, the court said that Election Commission (EC) should only decide on whether to allow the MNM founder to continue campaigning or not.

The meeting between Ponraj and Rajinikanth happened at the latter’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai today. Sources say that both discussed the current political situation.

It may be recalled that Rajinikanth, in December 2017, announced that he would enter politics and contest Assembly elections.

As his ‘Hindu extremist’ remark in Aravakurichi created a political storm, Kamal Haasan has said he only spoke about a historical fact.

The Makkal Needhi Maiam president asked his detractors to make “valid allegations”, asking if he could cater to only one section of people after entering active politics.

“They got angry for what I spoke at Aravakurichi. What I spoke (there) is historic truth. I did not lure anyone to a brawl,” he said during a by-poll campaign at Tirupparankundram near Madurai.

Meanwhile, chappals were hurled towards a vehicle from which Kamal Haasan was addressing an election meeting in the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency on Wednesday evening.