The actor clarified on Tuesday after confusion erupted over his comments on Rajiv case convicts release and about the anti-BJP front.
A day after seemingly endorsing that BJP is a “dangerous party”, actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday insinuated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is powerful than the opposition.
On Monday, a journalist had cited the opposition’s alliance against the BJP and asked if the party was such a dangerous political entity. To this, Rajinikanth, who is nurturing political ambitions, said, “If they think so then definitely it must be true”.
However, addressing journalists outside his Poes Garden bungalow in Chennai on Tuesday, the actor clarified his stand thus: “The question (put to me) was about opposition parties considering the BJP as a dangerous party. When opposition parties think that BJP is a dangerous party, then BJP is a dangerous party for them only no? Whether BJP is a dangerous party or not will be decided by the people.”
Going beyond, he posed: “If 10 people join to fight one person (Modi), then who is more powerful…is it those 10 persons or that one person? You decide for yourself.”
Asked whether he considered Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be powerful, he said “I cannot say this more clearly,” and reiterated his point on the analogy of the 10 versus one.
Asked about his stand on the BJP, he said he cannot reveal it now, as he has not come into “full time politics” as of now.
‘Release on humanitarian grounds’
The actor also clarified that his response to a question on the proposal for premature release of the seven convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case was being misconstrued. Some people were trying to create an impression that he did not know anything on the issue.
Rajinikanth said the question posed to him on Monday was “about the seven people” without identifying them. “So I asked which seven people? The question was not clear,” he said adding that he was not such a fool to be ignorant of the seven life convicts.
“They (the seven convicts) have undergone punishment for the past 28 years. Enough. It is my opinion that they should be released on humanitarian grounds,” he said.
Rajinikanth said that he had spoken to one of the convicts Perarivalan over the phone for 10 minutes when he was out on parole. “See…If I know something, I will say ‘I know’. When I don’t know, I will say ‘I don’t know’. There’s nothing to be ashamed about (not knowing something),” the actor said.