AIADMK fears the rise of the new thalaivar

Rajinikanth unveils statue of MGR

Short of announcing his political party, superstar Rajinikanth on Monday invoked the legacy of late All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founder M G Ramachandran, saying he was confident of giving a good administration like the yesteryear matinee idol.

Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR, is often referred to as the benchmark of success in politics, especially for an actor, with many other cinema professionals trying to emulate him by taking the political plunge in Tamil Nadu. “Nobody can match MGR even in 1,000 years and that includes me,” he said referring to criticism, especially from the ruling AIADMK, that not all can emulate Ramachandran’s success in politics.

AIADMK MPs are and worried about the massive crowd at superstar Rajinikanth’s maiden political speech yesterday.

At least 25 to 30 Lok Sabha AIADMK MPs were heard talking about Rajini’s entry into politics and whether it would make a dent in their respective parliamentary constituencies. These MPs speculate that at least 50,000 AIADMK voters per parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu would move to the Rajinikanth camp.

A senior AIADMK leader feared that this was the first and last time that they would be elected to the Lok Sabha. AIADMK MPs who missed watching Rajinikanth’s speech on TV watched it on their phones.