Chennai: In separate interactions with reporters, mega stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan said that both might join hands if the need arises.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal set the ball rolling. “There is no need to create a new bond between Rajinikanth and myself. We have been friends for around 44 years. If the need arises, we will come together for the betterment of Tamil Nadu,” Kamal said at Chennai airport.
An hour later, at the same place, Rajini replied to journalists’ queries “If circumstances demand, I will join hands with Kamal Haasan.” Minister D Jayakumar said it made no difference to the AIADMK’s poll prospects. “Not just Kamal and Rajini, actor Vijay can also join hands with them. The AIADMK will face them on its own and win to form the next government in 2021,” he told a Tamil news channel.
Rajini and Kamal came under attack from AIADMK leaders after Rajini, on November 9, spoke of a “political vacuum” in Tamil Nadu. The next day, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said Rajini was only an actor, not politician. A day later, Palaniswami targeted Kamal, too, saying both the actors as politicians will meet the fate of Sivaji Ganesan.
Rajini showed that he would no longer shy away from a political spat. Referring to EPS becoming the CM and continuing for so long, Rajini said on Sunday that “miracles and wonders happen in politics”. On Tuesday, Kamal supported Rajini’s statement thus: “It is not criticism, it is a fact.” To a question on the two actors’ divergent ideologies, Kamal said it is too early to discuss policies.