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Rajinikanth Fans Stage Protest Against Fringe Outfits

Fans of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday staged a protest against fringe outfits opposed to his political entry.

PTI

Updated:May 23, 2017, 2:04 PM IST
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Rajinikanth Fans Stage Protest Against Fringe Outfits
The protesters also tried to burn an effigy but were stopped by police(Representative image/PTI Photo)
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Chennai: Fans of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday staged a protest against fringe outfits opposed to his political entry.

The protesters also tried to burn an effigy but were stopped by police. 25 people were detained and lodged at a marriage hall in Tondiarpet.

Satya, a Rajini fan who coordinated today's protest, said the effigy they tried to burn did not represent any individual but those opposed to the actor's entry into politics.

"It is a symbolic protest," he said.

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On Monday, fringe pro-Tamil outfit Tamizhar Munnetra Padai had opposed the 'Kabali' star's entry into politics and burned his effigy at the busy Cathedral Road, claiming that he was a Kannadiga.

Seeman, leader of the political outfit 'Naam Tamizhar', has also opposed Rajinikanth's political entry.

Rajinikanth's Kannada origins are often a focal point of discussion in Tamil Nadu, with pro-Tamil groups raising the pitch whenever the Cauvery river water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka escalates.

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The actor had, however, last week asserted his Tamil identity, saying his native place was a village in Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu.

"Naan pachai Tamizhan (I am a pure Tamil)....if you ask me to get out and throw me away, I will land only in the Himalayas (which he frequents) and not in any other state," he had said.

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