Tamil outfit stages protest against Rajinikanth's entry into politics

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Police increased the security before Rajinikanth's house.

Super Star Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor. And even though there is no confirmation from the veteran actor, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said he is looking forward to it, if it happens, and he added that the saffron party has "an appropriate position for him", reported News18.

Protesting his remarks, activists belonging to the Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam burnt effigies of Rajinikanth in Coimbatore city and in other parts of the state. Chanting slogans calling him a Kannadiga and not a Tamizhan, Tamilar Munnetra Padai protested stating that Rajini should keep away from politics.

Chennai police have since detained the protesters.

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The actor's Kannada origins are often a focal point of discussion in Tamil Nadu, with pro-Tamil groups raising the pitch whenever the Cauvery river water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka escalates. Addressing his fans Rajinikanth had stated, "You all gave me love, respect and fame". I will call you when there's a war. "I am a pachchai Tamizhan".

Again, a question arises why would a mega star join the BJP, which has limited appeal and marginal presence in Tamil Nadu. Shah said one could speculate "only when Rajinikanth decides to enter politics" and that the actor has to decide first, whether or not he wants to take the plunge. Many politicians and the people of Tamil Nadu have various opinions about Rajinikanth's entry into politics. "Everything is under control as of now", a source close to Rajinikanth told IANS. He has never spoken out on what he thinks of many issues that plague and affect Tamilians. "Let us face the war when it comes", he said, according to local media reports. "He can't simply jettison into politics".

However, Rajini's office has dissociated itself from these protests. He was, however, forced to cancel his plans after the protests.

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