Tamilaruvui Manian reveals Rajini’s plans, alliance with PMK on cards

Superstar Rajinikanth may finally be ready to launch his new political party in April, and will forge an alliance with the PMK and other parties, the Indian Express reported.

Quoting a top office bearer of Rajini Makkal Mandram, it said that the launch of the unnamed party could be “any time after April 14”.

Tamilaruvi Manian, described as a political strategist to Rajinikanth on political affairs, was qupted as saying by te paper that the party will likely be launched in April, although he was “not sure of the exact date”.

“That day, Rajinikanth will announce the date of his first party conference, (expected to be) a mammoth event…. We plan to hold this (party conference) in August. By the first week of September, he will begin a state-wide tour to meet and explain to the people his political plan and ideals,” Tamilaruvi Manian said.

He said PMK, an ally of AIADMK and NDA in Tamil Nadu, will be with Rajinikanth, and that “more parties are waiting”. “There will be a rainbow alliance – like the one I had built for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls for NDA with the support of PMK, Vijayakanth’s DMDK and Vaiko’s MDMK, which bagged nearly 19 per cent votes,” he added.

Recently, after Rajinikanth’s comments that some political parties were trying to make political gains by instigating protests against CAA, DMK president M K Stalin said there was nothing new in the allegation that political parties were instigating students to protest, since the same allegation was made during the anti-Hindi agitation.

“Just like the anti-Hindi agitation was a success, the present agitation will also prevail,” he tweeted. Without naming the actor, Stalin, Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, said even during the anti-Hindi agitation in the state in the 1960s, it was being alleged by some that political parties instigated students.

In his first reaction after the amendment to the Citizenship Amendment Act and nationwide protests against it, the top actor also sought to dispel misgivings about the National Register of Citizens saying the government was yet to make up its mind about it.

On the CAA, the actor wondered as to how Muslims, who chose to stay back in India following partition will be sent out of the country. While a chunk of the Muslim population chose Pakistan, others decided to continue to live and die in India since it was their nation of birth, the “janma bhoomi” and they have all their rights in the country, he asserted.