Cho Ramaswamy, well-known political analyst and editor of the Tamil weekly Thuglaq, met Superstar Rajinikanth on Saturday (March 12,2011), triggering speculation that he is out to convince Rajini to support the AIADMK combine.
The ‘informal meeting’, as claimed by political sources lasted for about an hour at the superstar’s residence. The two “discussed the prevailing political scene,” a source said.After the meeting, the two friends left in Mr Cho’s car to an unknown destination.
When Cho was asked whether Rajini would extend support to AIADMK chief Ms Jayalalithaa in the Assembly poll, he didn’t provide direct answer, “I cannot say anything at present,” he said.
The meeting gains significance at a time, besides, the fact that the elections are drawing closer, the AIADMK as leading political party , has a fondness for star power for pulling in votes – Vijayakanth, Sarathkumar, SA Chandrasekhar and Karthik being the examples.
It may be worth mentioning here that Cho had played a pivotal role in the forging of poll ties between AIADMK supremo Ms Jayalalithaa and actor-turned politician Vijayakanth , despite their oft-professed dislike for each other. After three or four rounds of talks with the DMDK chief, he managed to get the mercurial movie star around to settle for the 41 seats that the AIADMK leader offered. It remains to be seen whether Cho would be able to repeat his `coup’ with the superstar now.
When every right thinking citizen is concerned about such brazen violations of the norms of free and fair elections, here is the “Super Star’ who is reported to be out of station for a month during the polls. This is akin to running away from the responsibility.
Had he remained out of focus from politics all these years, no one would have expected him to be ‘responsible’ now.
But having spoken against a bad regime in the past, he is expected to speak against the regime that he supported then for what it has done to the people and the nation.
This is the right time to speak up and he must speak up. Will Rajini do?