Days after he supported the Union government's decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to Krishna and Arjuna, actor Rajinikanth on Wednesday defended his stand and sought to expound the rational behind his analogy.
“The way they planned the entire issue, it was a master strategy,” he said, adding he likened Modi and Shah to Krishna and Arjuna to indicate that one came up with the plan and the other executed it.
“First they imposed Section 144 and ensured that people didn't create any trouble. Then they tabled the bill, first in the Rajya Sabha where they don't have majority, and later got it passed in the Lok Sabha,” said the actor.
India on August 5 abrogated the provisions of Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two Union territories—Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Rajinikanth said the politicians should know what to politicise and what not to.
“I appreciate this move of the government because it is related to national security,” he said, and added that Kashmir had become a den for terrorists and extremists.
On reports suggesting that his proposed political party may be launched on April 14 next year, he said "I will let you know. I will definitely tell you."
Asked if Poes Garden, where his residence is located will re-emerge as "political epicentre," like it was during the time of late AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, he said "wait and see."
Jayalalithaa's residence was also situated at the upscale Poes Garden in Chennai and the area was a political fortress during her days.
With inputs from PTI