Rajini says miracle will happen in 2021 polls, CM dismisses superstar’s claim

The ‘miracle’ debate initiated by superstar Rajinikanth 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.

He said: “I have to launch my political party first, and there has to be a discussion with my party cadre on who should be the chief ministerial candidate. Decisions like these can be taken only closer to the elections and until then I cannot answer such questions.

“I think by miracle he (Rajinikanth) meant that AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) is again going to come to power in 2021. After 2021 State Assembly Elections, CM of Tamil Nadu is going to be a AIADMK’s person,” Palaniswami later said.