Rajinikanth’s tweet against TASMAC creates political tremors

Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the AIADMK government in Tamilnadu, a day after the state moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent stay on Madras High Court’s order to shut liquor stores amid coronavirus lockdown and concerns over social distancing, allowing only online sale.

He said the ruling AIADMK should forget returning to power if it reopened the liquor shops. In a tweet, Rajinikanth also asked the government to work out alternate modes of revenue generation.

“If the state reopens the TASMAC at this time, it must forget the dream of coming back to power again. Please #Look out for better ways of filling the coffers,” he tweeted.

This came as Tamil Nadu crossed 7,000 cases on Sunday as the State reported 669 new cases of the infection. Chennai accounted for 509 of the 669 cases on Sunday. Tamil Nadu has reported a whopping 7204 cases in all and has recorded 1959 recoveries and 47 deaths.

Rajinikanth joined the ranks of actor-politician Kamal Haasan and DMK chief MK Stalin who were among those who stiffly opposed the government’s decision to re-open the liquor stores. As expected, Rajini’s tweet triggered debate in political and media circles.

Kamal Haasan’s political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) was one of the petitioners against the government in Madras High Court leading to the court ordering the closure of shops.

While asking the AIADMK government to look for “other sources to generate income for the state”, Rajinikanth told the ruling party that it has to “stop dreaming of coming to power again” if it decides to open liquor shops in the state.

In his last media interaction, the actor had spoken about emerging as an “alternative” to the two Dravidian majors – DMK and AIADMK.