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Rajinikanth Set to Attend Karunanidhi's Statue Unveiling, Share Stage With Opposition Leaders

DMK has invited both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan for the event since both the leaders were close to M Karunanidhi.

Poornima Murali | CNN-News18

Updated:December 15, 2018, 2:03 PM IST
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Rajinikanth Set to Attend Karunanidhi's Statue Unveiling, Share Stage With Opposition Leaders
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth along with late DMK chief M Karunanidhi and Kamal Haasan. (File image: PTI)
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Chennai: Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth is all set to attend the unveiling of the statue of former Chief Minister Karunanidhi at the DMK headquarters on December 16.

DMK has invited both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan for the event since both the leaders were close to M Karunanidhi. National level leaders of various political parties are expected to attend the function to unveil the life-size statue.

Rajinikanth's presence at the event, however, will be significant as there has been speculation that he may ally with the BJP. Fuelling the buzz, the actor had also thrown shade at the prospects of a united opposition and indirectly hinted that Modi is stronger than their combined might.

In October end this year, DMK had ridiculed Rajinikanth and called him a "puppet in the hands of certain communal forces". It later apologised for the remark.

This is the second time DMK is using its event as a platform to display opposition unity ahead of polls. Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will also attend the event.

The DMK has also invited leaders of the Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Janata Dal (Secular), Nationalist Congress Party, Telugu Rashtriya Samiti and Aam Admi Party for the ceremony at its headquarters.

Karunanidhi, who passed away on August 7 this year aged 94, was addressed as 'Kalaignar' by party workers and supporters. The statue will be located alongside a refurbished statue of DMK founder and late chief minister C N Annadurai at the party headquarters in Chennai.

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