Superstar Rajinikanth has alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to “paint me saffron, same they tried with Thiruvalluvar (Tamil poet). The fact remains that neither Thiruvalluvar nor I will fall into their trap.”
Commenting on the controversy over Hindu Makkal Katchi leader, Arjun Sampath draping Thiruvalluvar statue with a saffron shawl, Rajinikanth said, “making Thiruvalluvar wear a saffron stole is BJP's agenda. I think all these issues are blown out of proportion. There are issues which are of greater importance which need to be discussed. I think this is a silly issue.”
The iconic Tamil star had a few months ago converted his informal fan club into the Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) - an association expected to be the base for his political party. Since then there has been constant talk about his joining active politics.