Did Rajinikanth just drop a hint at joining politics?

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If God decides that I join politics, then I will do so. He alone, they believe, can fill the vacuum left by Jayalalithaa's death and the fading of the ailing nonagenarian, M. Karunanidhi.

Speculation has been rife that Rajini may float a new party backed by the BJP.

Addressing fans on Friday, the last day of his meet-and-greet sessions, Rajini made a speech that looked like a mini political campaign.

The kings in the olden days had armies of 5,000-10,000 men and the rest of the population attended to other vocations such as farming; but when war came, everyone launched into the battle to protect their land and their pride. He said, "I have my profession, my job". So go back to your places and look after your families and attend to your duties. "But when the ultimate war comes, we all will see".

While the system was "affected", people's thought process on policy and democracy had changed and this needs to be addressed by one and all, he said.

"The system is corrupt, we all need to work together to change it", he added.

"Cho Ramaswamy used to say that Mr. Stalin will do wonders if he is given a free hand". Anbumani Ramadoss is an able administrator who has toured across the world. Thirumavalavan and Naam Tamilar Katchi leader Seeman. "They are all there, but the system is affected, isn't it?" the actor asked.

"Now I'm 67 years old, I've been in Tamil Nadu for 44 years and only spent 23 years in Karnataka". "Even though I am from Karnataka, still you have accepted me and you have made me into a Tamil. I'm a pure Tamil now", he said. In an apparent reading that Rajinikanth would not join the BJP, Thirunavukkarasar said "The actor would not join any national party, but would form his own outfit". " Naan pachai Tamizhan (I'm a pure Tamil)".

Questions were often raised "if Rajinikanth is a Tamil", he added. Even the rumours were that the Rajnikanth would form a new political party backed by BJP and would replace the void role of Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief, Late Jayalalitha after her demise in December past year. Actually, he repeated the same statement that he had uttered on the first day of fans meet but this time with more conviction and promise.

Former chief minister O. Panneerselvam, who heads the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma), played down Rajinikanth's comments.

While the actor in his movie Baba (2002), continued to give some hints of a political entry. "We welcome him", he said.

Congress leader Nagma said Rajinikanth would be an asset to any party.

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