While AIADMK is sorting out its internal troubles seems, like DMK thinks this is an opportune moment for them to indulge in some show of strength and unity.

In what is being touted as an impressive PR gig, two of the biggest names in the Tamil film industry – Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth were in attendance of a two-day event hosted by the DMK party in Chennai.

The event in question has been held to celebrate the completion of 75 years of the existence of the DMK mouthpiece Murasoli. Kamal is a speaker in this ceremony. Kamal has as much as recently accused the AIADMK of being corrupt and had asked his fans to lodge complaints against those they find corrupt in the state. So he certainly is being held with tremendous regard by the opposition here.

We know for a fact that both heroes have political ambitions and have made it amply clear. In fact, until a few months ago, speculation was rife about Rajini joining politics and how the BJP is trying to woo him. Kamal Haasan in his capacity has been hogging the limelight for his innings on Bigg Boss and the sometimes politically charged comments he has been making. He too has been speculated to be in touch with the BJP in the centre and has had conversations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi but how this move will affect Haasan’s relations is unknown.

 

 

At the event Kamal is seated on the dais among the DMK party members while Rajinikanth is shown in the audience. Does that indicate something? Did Rajinikanth want to stay at a respectable distance from all that going on? Interestingly, both actors at some point in their career have sided with the DMK and commented against the ruling AIADMK. Rajini did it when Jayalalithaa, the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu was alive and later on, he retracted saying it was a mistake.

This event will do well to take the attention from the AIADMK merger drama that is taking place in Tamil Nadu currently. Bringing matters under his control and pleasing the rebel faction led by O Panneerselvam, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu E Palanaisami had passed a resolution against party deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, by declaring recent party appointments he made last week null and void. Now the only demand of the rebel camp before the merger is completed is to expel both VK Sasikala and Dhinakaran from the AIADMK.

Not all is well in the DMK camp either. Brothers Stalin and Alagiri are still giving each other the cold shoulder. Stalin is overlooking the Murasoli event and Alagiri has not been invited for it even. Alagiri used this opportunity to say that Stalin was indirectly helping  AIADMK. Alagiri, was expelled in 2014, said that he would join DMK if Karunanidhi invited him.