His entry into politics was welcomed with cheers and crackers on one side and criticism on his choice of politics on the other side.
Days after announcing his entry into politics, top actor Rajinikanth met DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residence here and sought his blessings.
DMK sources described it as a courtesy call.
Clad in a white shirt and black pant, the actor extended his new year greetings and apprised the DMK president and his aides of his political plunge.
Rajinikanth also enquired about the veteran leader’s health.
DMK working president M K Stalin was present on the occasion, the sources said.
Karunanidhi is the first political leader Rajinikanth is meeting after announcing his entry into politics on December 31.
Stalin remarked there was no place for spiritual politics as enunciated by top star Rajinikanth.
He made the remark just after the top star called on his father and DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residence here, days after announcing his entry into politics.
Citing Rajinikanth’s assertion of “spiritual politics” Stalin told reporters here that Tamil Nadu was the cradle of the Dravidian movement.
“Some are creating an impression that Rajinikanth is to launch a party at the instigation of people who intend to decimate the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu.” “Let me tell you this is the land of Periyar Anna (Dravidar Kazhagam founder E V Ramasamy Periyar) and Kalaignar (Karunanidhi)… such efforts in the past have ended in a fiasco.”
Asked if Rajinikanth sought DMK support, he said such things could be decided only during elections.
The meeting assumes significance as DMK is the main opposition party in the Tamil Nadu assembly.
Rajinikanth has said it was his desire to create a political revolution in Tamil Nadu, a “historic” state that facilitated major changes.
“It is my desire to start from here a political revolution,” he said yesterday.
DMK working president M K Stalin today said that Tamil Nadu was the cradle of the Dravidian
Future generations will live better if a change was facilitated now, the actor said.
The actor has launched a mobile app, website and a Twitter account as part of efforts to mobilize cadres for his proposed party.
His decision to enter politics comes at a time when the state is witnessing a political churning after the death of former chief minister Jayalalithaa and virtual retirement of the nonagenarian Karunanidhi.
Since October last year, he has been inactive in politics due to ill health