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Fans defy Rajnikant, persist with political party

Coimbatore, Oct 17 (IANS) A political party floated by thespian Rajnikant's fans would not be disbanded despite his fiat, says Rajni Babu, the president of Desiya Dravida Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam.

2008-10-17T13:33:00Z

Coimbatore, Oct 17 (IANS) A political party floated by thespian Rajnikant's fans would not be disbanded despite his fiat, says Rajni Babu, the president of Desiya Dravida Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam.

'Notwithstanding our leader's call to disband our party, his threat to expel and take legal action against us, we will continue to function as the political wing of Rajnikant's fan club,' Babu said.

'We have decided to take steps to stem the rot after the flop of 'Kuselan' and increase the popularity of Rajnikant. Having suffered for long under the yoke of other political parties, we have decided to fight. Further, his goodwill used critically by us will cleanse the political Augean Stables of the state,' Babu added.

Babu's party formed a fortnight ago here has a flag with Rajnikant's picture in its centre.

Rajnikant threatened to take legal action against all those who used his name and picture without authorisation and decried all attempts by his fans to start a political party.

'While nobody can force me to enter politics, no force can prevent me from doing so,' Rajnikant was quoted as saying.

Situated 600 km south of state capital Chennai close to the Kerala border, this textile town has one of the largest numbers of fans of Rajnikant.

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