On December 31, 2017, Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth had announced his plans to float a political party. Days after he announced his political plunge, the superstar met DMK President M Karunanidhi to seek his blessings in Chennai on Wednesday, 3rd January. Speculations over his decision to plunge into politics had been going on for quite some time now. However, he announced his decision of forming his own political party on Sunday, when he told his supporters, “I am entering politics and we will contest all seats in the next assembly elections.”
Chennai: Rajinikanth arrives at residence of DMK chief M Karunanidhi to meet him. pic.twitter.com/XGq73sgJ9E— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
The DMK patriarch is the first politician that Rajinikanth met after announcing his decision to enter Tamil Nadu’s political arena. Speaking to reporters after meeting Karunanidhi, he said, “I told Kalaignar that I have entered politics. He smiled and nodded his head as if welcoming me to politics.” The actor also said he greeted Karunanidhi for the New Year and also enquired about his health and met Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal.
He is senior most politician in the country. I respect him a lot. We have a very good friendship. I took his blessings as I am entering politics. I am feeling very happy after meeting him: Rajinikanth after meeting DMK chief M Karunanidhi in Chennai pic.twitter.com/WYhiTgouTi— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
The working President of the party MK Stalin was also present at the meeting. Speaking to reporters, he said the meeting between his father and the actor was nothing surprising. According to Stalin, even DMDK leader A. Vijayakanth had sought Karunanidhi’s blessings when he floated his party. He said support for Rajinikanth’s party would be decided at the time of elections.
Chennai: Rajinikanth met DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai; DMK Working President MK Stalin was also present pic.twitter.com/APgJ8y7dfB— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018