With superstar Rajinikanth tweeting “Cleanliness is godliness” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign, the tweet is being seen in context of fellow actor Kamal Haasan open admission that he would like to be Chief Minister, “if required, even though it is a crown of thorns”. It need be mentioned that Rajinikanth’s post is also amid speculation that he is a chief ministerial aspirant that the BJP would gladly piggyback on to win over Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu politics is swirling around Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, both adored as legends, but both with distinctly different styles that could extend to their political appeal. Kamal Haasan’s fans call him a class actor and while Rajinikanth has mass following. Born in Ramanathapuram, Kamal Haasan is largely seen as Tamil; Rajinikanth’s Karnataka origin is a red flag for some though fans argue that even former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was from Bengaluru.