Chief Minister post: Fans oppose Rajini’s plan

Chennai: For once, fans of Rajinikanth are against him. The actor, who is on the verge of launching a political party, had told office-bearers of his Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) Thursday that he would not become the Chief Minister in case of the party winning the 2021 Assembly election.

This has not gone down well with his fans who have been demanding him to reconsider his decision. Expressing their opposition to the idea mooted by Rajinikanth, fans took to social media to show their disappointment. Many said that it was impossible for them to imagine any other person for the top post.

”If Rajinikanth expressed disappointed after his meeting with district office-bearers yesterday, we are expressing our disappointment to his idea about CM chair today”, say many.

Speaking to News Today, a senior member of RMM, said, ”We want him to be the ‘king’ not the kingmaker. We all always are behind him and RMM workers will be demotivated in case if he takes a decision to stay away from Chief Minister’s race”.

”Had he wanted, he would have become the Chief Minister in 1996. Things have fallen in place now. He should take the lead”, add a few.

Meanwhile, RMM Tuticorn district secretary A J Stalin tweeted that Rajinikanth will remain their Chief Minister’s candidate for 2021 Assembly elections.

”There is a political vacuum in Tamilnadu. Untimely demise of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa and the death of DMK president M Karunanidhi have left people leaderless. People are waiting for the arrival of a fresh face in the scene and Rajinikanth fits the bill,” say his fans.

After the meeting RMM office-bearers yesterday, Rajinikanth, said, ”We had a fruitful inter-active session. They asked many questions and I clarified and explained the issues. But I was disappointed by one thing.”

He refused to divulge more details about the cause of disappointment and said he would disclose the issue later. ”It is not proper to discuss what transpired in the meeting today. I will reveal the details at a later stage,” the actor told journalists after the meeting.

But RMM members who took part in the closed door meeting said that Rajinikanth told them that 60 to 65 per cent of the 234 Assembly constituencies from where the proposed outfit would contest will be allocated to persons below the age of 45.

”This was unanimously accepted by all of us. But Rajinikanth further stated that he would not be the Chief Minister if the party wins the election. This was not acceptable to us,” said one of the office-bearers.
RMM functionaries said that details like the name of the party and programmes were discussed in the meeting.

NT Bureau