Rajinikanth has played the superstar on-screen for a long time. He is used to solving problems with just one look, a clench of fist and a few punch dialogues. He is the saviour, the thalaivar on screen but his recent Thoothukudi visit proved that he has a long way to go before he became a people’s leader.
The actor, who’s soon to start his political career, had strongly condemned the violence at Thoothukudi where 13 people were killed in police firing while protesting against the Sterlite Copper Plant.
மக்களின் உணர்வுகளை மதிக்காத இந்த அரசின் அலட்சியப்போக்கின் விளைவாக இன்று பொதுமக்கள் சுடப்பட்டு உயிரிழப்புகள் ஏற்பட்டிருப்பது மிகவும் வருந்தத்தக்கது, கண்டிக்கத்தக்கது.நடந்த வன்முறை மற்றும் பொது ஜன உயிரிழப்புகளுக்கு தமிழகஅரசே பொறுப்பு.
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) May 22, 2018
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) May 23, 2018
Like any conscientious politician in the making, Rajinikanth on May 30 announced that he will visit Thoothukudi and meet the injured at the hospital. The visit was orchestrated by the Rajini Makkal Mandram with the media showing Rajinikanth visiting the hospital, interacting with a few people injured in the protests and later announcing Rs 2 lakhs each for the kin of victims who died in the police firing.
What did not go down well was what he said later. Addressing the media, Rajinikanth pointed out that those who indulged in arson were not the general public and that it was an intelligence failure. He claimed that it happened during the Jallikattu protests as well.
Rajinikanth added that there was no violence or bloodshed in the first 99 days of the protest. It was a silent one. Only after anti-social elements infiltrated the agitation did things go haywire. He further said that anti-social elements have become active in recent times and praised late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for keeping it under control during her tenure.