Rajinikanth and AIADMK were again in tussle of words
In an intense war of words between the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and actor Rajinikanth, the party's mouthpiece 'Namadhu Amma' on Tuesday hit back at the actor for calling Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami lucky and discrediting his tenure.
In a strongly worded editorial, the mouthpiece asserted that Palaniswami is not a reel leader who aspired for the CM's post in between his shooting schedule but a real leader who rose in the ranks to occupy the present position.
"The position of chief ministership is not something that you aspire in one scene of the movie and then fulfill it in the subsequent scene. All these happen only in the reel world, not in real world. Probably Rajinikanth has highlighted this to Kamal Haasan in his speech," the editorial read.
Reflecting on the rise of actor Rajinikanth from a humble bus conductor in Karnataka to a reigning superstar of Tamil film industry, the editorial said that Palaniswami is a real leader as he worked his way up in the party through sheer hard work and commitment.
"Our chief minister is the perfect example of how a leader is rewarded for his consistent hard work and dedication to the cause of the party. He stands apart in a world of leaders who aspire for overnight fame," the party added.
Last week while speaking at an event to celebrate Kamal Haasan's contribution to the Indian cinema, Rajinikanth took a swipe at CM Palaniswami. Calling the CM lucky, the actor said, "Miracles are happening all around us. For instance, two years ago Edappadi Palaniswami would not have imagined becoming Tamil Nadu's chief minister."
"When he did, many said his rule may not last a couple of weeks. It's been two years now, he has been in power overcoming all hurdles. Miracles have happened yesterday, they continue to happen today and will happen tomorrow as well," Rajinikanth added.