Political actor Kamal Haasan on Tuesday night reiterated his readiness to work with fellow superstar Rajinikanth – who is widely slated for her electoral debut in next year’s Tamil Nadu Assembly elections – provided their political ideologies are synchronized.
Chief Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) said both Rajinikanth and he “would give up all ego and cooperate if that benefited the people”, but warned that a more detailed understanding of Rajinikanth’s ideology was needed to make this decision. .
“Let Rajini do the talking. We will help each other if necessary … we will abandon all egos and cooperate if it will benefit the people. We have said that before … nothing new to say now,” said Kamal Haasan.
“(But) we cannot take his single word (a reference to Rajinikanth’s promise of” spiritual politics “as his party’s cornerstone) as a complete ideology. Let them explain in detail, then we’ll talk,” he added.
Kamal Haasan said the two remained “easy as friends” and were just a phone call away.
“I said why I came into politics. We need a change. Rajinikanth says so too,” he said, offering hope to those fighting for what is likely to be a mega-alliance in Tamil Nadu’s electoral landscape.
On Sunday Kamal Haasan seemed to hint at this possibility, saying, “Alliances will dissolve and alliances will unite.” And in November last year he said, as he did today, that the two actors would work together “if there was a need for the development of Tamil Nadu.”
Rajinikanth’s response to the November teaser was: “If there is a situation that requires the development of the Tamil people, I would join Kamal Haasan.”
Tamil Nadu will vote for a new Assembly in May next year.
This will be the first election since the deaths of former chief ministers J Jayalalitha and M. Karunanidhi, and the absence of the extremely influential leaders leaves a power vacuum, and a bond between Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth may be more than enough to bridge this gap.
Reports today have suggested that Rajinikanth could contest the election with his new registered party – Makkal Sevai Katchi (People Service Party) – and with the autorickshaw (a reference to his character – a motorist – in the super hit “Basha”). as the symbol.
Kamal Haasan launched his party in 2018 and participated in last year’s Lok Sabha election. However, he failed to win any seats. The party failed to secure seats in two rounds of Assembly bypolls – in May and October, with AIADMK and DMK sharing all seats.
With input from PTI