Chennai: Taking a veiled dig once again at top actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan for their political ambitions, DMK working president MK Stalin likened them to 'glamorous paper flowers' which do not spread fragrance.
"Owing to seasonal changes some flowers may suddenly bloom and later wither. Similarly, in Tamil Nadu's political arena too glamorous paper flowers may bloom," he said in an apparent reference to top actors Rajinikanth and Haasan's political entry.
The Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, in a letter to party cadres said though "such flowers may bloom, they do not spread fragrance," which is seen as an indication that the duo could not succeed and shine in politics though they could enter the fray.
Kamal Haasan was quick to retort to Stalin's jibe, telling reporters at Madurai that "I am not a flower, I am a seed, sow me, I will grow." Stalin, in his letter also said that DMK was a massive people's movement nurtured by late party founder CN Annadurai and party patriarch M Karunanidhi.
The party cannot be shaken by anyone who is driven by ideology and it is the lifeline of the people's rights. Calling himself a "front line worker" who is part of the larger one crore cadres of DMK, Stalin said he would continue the interactive sessions with party workers and once again assured of steps for the "party's victorious forward march."
Chaired by Stalin, interactive sessions with party functionaries, from the lowest rung of village panchayat level secretary to district secretaries, started on 1 February and is scheduled to go on till 22 March at the party headquarters 'Anna Arivalayam'.
Last month, Stalin said that while democracy is a "sky" common for all, many birds could hardly cover the distance. "Aware of the political atmosphere, new birds want to fly. Democracy is a sky (common) for all. The political arena is watching how much distance a bird can fly on the strength of its wings," he had said.
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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2018 19:10:18 IST