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Rajinikanth: I will not be CM, will pick someone else

March 12, 2020 | 17:18 IST | Editorial |

Superstar Rajinikanth today organized a press meet where he announced that he will not be running for CM but will be the leader of his party.

“In national and State parties, the party leader becomes the leader of the government. When this happens, after they come to power, people are unable to ask any questions. Their own party people are unable to seek answers. So, I want to separate party leadership and government leadership,” he said.

“I have been thinking about what kind of politics I would pursue since 1996 when I supported Kalaignar [former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi]. I have been keenly observing politics since then. I said [in 2017] that the system was spoilt and that people’s minds have to be changed. Without changing people’s minds, without fixing the system and political system, there is no point in changing the government. We cannot cook ‘sakkara pongal’ [a sweet dish] in a vessel in which we cooked fish curry,” said Mr. Rajinikanth.

He also added that he needs young leaders.

“If you see in the State Assembly today, most of them are above 50, 55 or 60 years of age. You can count the youngsters. New people and good people stay away from politics. Otherwise, you have to be child of Member of Parliament or a Member of Legislative Assembly. Around 60% or 65 % of the seats will be given to young people, the rest will be given to good people from other parties, and distinguished people (judges and others) and seek their help in fixing the system.”
Mr. Rajinikanth said that many of his friends and associates in various field rejected these ideas. “Nobody accepted the third idea that the party will appoint the Chief Minister,” he said, adding, “Everyone’s saying that I have sacrificed something great by not wanting to be a Chief Minister. I said the same thing (that I don’t intend to be here for political power) in 2017 when I announced my entry.”

He added that he need his party to bring revolution.

“People voted for the DMK and the AIADMK for Kalaignar and Jayalalithaa. This is the best time to enter politics and push for a change. We need to create an uprising…a revolution… a wave that will sweep away power of money, men and party structure. I believe that it is possible in Tamil Nadu. I want to see that uprising among the people. This should spread throughout India – party and government should be separate,” he said, adding, “If we don’t press for a change, we can never do it,” he said.