Superstar Rajinikanth on Friday slammed the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over Thiruvalluvar issue and said he won’t be trapped by the BJP. On being questioned if he is joining the saffron party, the actor said: Thiruvalluvar will not be trapped and he will not be trapped.
Rajinikanth’s salvos came after a statue of Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar was destroyed in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district on Monday. The rift also widened between the DMK and BJP after photographs of the Tamil poet with saffron robes surfaced in the media. Earlier, on Wednesday, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had held a protest in Chennai against BJP’s saffronisation of Thiruvalluvar and the demolition of the statue of the Tamil poet in Thanjavur.
Earlier, reports confirmed that Rajinikanth won’t join the BJP as he has decided to launch his own party in a year’s time. The elevation of Tamilisai Soundararajan as the Governor Telangana had fuelled the rumours that Rajinikanth will replace her as the president of the Tamil Nadu BJP.
The incident took place in Pillayatpatti village where ink and cow dung was smeared on the face of the statue of Thiruvalluvar by the miscreants. Though the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP condemned the incident and claimed the Thiruvalluvar’s era was one where no other religion existed apart from Hinduism, the insult hasn’t gone down will with Rajinikanth.
Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for BJP’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections Rajinikanth said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a veteran who fought valiantly against 10 persons. He questioned: If 10 person declare war against one man, who is stronger?
Following the abrogation of Article 370, that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the superstar had congratulated Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said they acted like Lord Krishna and Arjuna.
Earlier, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced that Centre has decided to honour superstar Rajinikanth with a special Icon of Golden Jubilee award at the 50th International Film Festival of India.