Kamal Haasan appeared to move a step closer to taking the political plunge when the acclaimed actor-director on Tuesday escalated his attack on Tamil Nadu government. The award winning actor-director, who had earlier targetted state minsters, asked why nobody was demanding that Chief Minister EP Palaniswami quit.
"If one state's Chief Minister should resign for a mishap and corruption under his government, how come no party calls for resignation in TN (Tamil Nadu). Enough crimes done," Mr Haasan tweeted in his Independence Day message.
A week ago, Rajinikanth had hinted at entering politics and asked his fans to "be ready for war". On Monday, after members of Tamilar Munnetra Padai, a fringe political outfit, led by its leader Veeralakshmi burned effigies of the actor near his Chennai residence, the superstar's fans staged a protest at the Periyar bus terminal in Madurai. They set an effigy of Veeralakshmi ablaze and said it should serve as a warning.
In Chennai, security outside Rajinikanth's Poes Garden residence was tightened, after Veeralakshmi and her workers staged a protest one km away, against his decision to take the political plunge.
While there is speculation that Rajinikanth may join the BJP, and help the party take off in Tamil Nadu, a source close to the actor on Friday denied that he will join the saffron party if he decides to enter the political arena, and said the filmstar has “clear directions from Delhi”.
Stating that the actor is preparing the ground to start a new organisation and he “has political plans”, the source said, “He has not told us whether it would be a political party or a political organisation.”