Chennai, Nov 14 : Expelled DMK leader and Former Union Minister M K Alagiri today said Tamil superstar Rajinikanth will fill the political vacuum in Tamilnadu.
Talking to reporters at the airport here, Mr Alagiri, who arrived here from Madurai, refused to answer questions on the DMK, which was now headed by his younger brother M K Stalin. ''I am not a member of the party,'' he said, to a question on the DMK. Asked about Rajinikanth's recent remarks that a quality leadership vacuum exists in the State, he said ''what he said is true. He will fill the vacuum.''
A couple of days ago, Mr Alagiri met BJP National Secretary H Raja at Karaikudi, where also he had refused to answer to questions about the DMK. Rajini, who had confirmed his political entry by stating that he would contest all the 234 Assembly seats in the State in the 2021 elections, but was yet to launch his own party, had on Friday last said there was still a vacuum for a good leadership in the State.
He also said ''attempts were being made to paint him and Saint Tiruvalluvar with saffron. 'Neither me nor poet Thiruvalluvar will succumb to it'', Rajini said in an apparent taunt to the BJP. Countering the remarks, the ruling AIADMK said there was no leadership vaccum in the State (after the death of two tall leaders Ms J Jayalalithaa and Mr M Karunanidhi) and that it was filled by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
The Opposition DMK on its part said Rajini was talking without knowing the political climate in the State and said the vacuum was already filled by Mr Stalin. Mr Palaniswami, also had a dig at both Rajini and actor-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam Founder Kamal Haasan and sought to know ''if they claim there is a political vacuum in the state, then why they did not contest in the recent Assembly bypolls to Nanguneri and Vikravandi seats.
''Kamal is a ‘tall leader’: how many votes did he get in the May Lok Sabha polls'', he asked. ''Everyone knew what happened when Thespian Sivaji Ganesan started a political party and faced the elections. He (Kamal Hassan) will face a similar fate'', Mr Palaniswami said. (UNI)