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.
Mr Dayashankar Singh, who was a Vice President of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, was expelled by the BJP for six years after he used offensive words for Mayawati. He was also named in a police complaint. He remains missing after a day of police searches across the state.
His wife Swati Singh has alleged that she and her 12-year-old daughter are being abused and threatened by activists of Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is about to stage a massive protest against BJP leader Dayashankar Singh in the state capital tomorrow. The protest is to press for the immediate arrest for the UP BJP leader for his derogatory remarks against party supremo Mayawati.
The protest will be staged in front of the Ambedkar statue at Hazratganj in the morning, party sources said.