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Rajinikanth Tweets Day Before Kamal Haasan's Visit On Sterlite Plant Protests
One can't understand why the government which gave the nod for the plant is not taking any action and is just watching
- Vishabh Saini
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- March 31, 2018 10:45 IST
New Delhi : In Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin today, local people gathered against the expansion of a copper smelter plant which found support from actor-politician Rajinikanth who took to Twitter to say the government was not responding to the protests that have been going on for 47 days.
Rajnikanth tweeted, "One can't understand why the government, which gave the nod for the plant, is not taking any action and is just watching."
Near the Sterlite unit, Thousands of residents of A Kumarareddiyapuram village have been protesting demanding the closure of the copper smelting plant. Alleging pollution of air, water and soil, the protesters say the plant should not be allowed to expand its operations. A leading copper producer, Sterlite Copper represents the copper unit of Vedanta Limited, which operates a 400,000 tonnes per annum plant.
Mr Rajinikanth's support comes a day after the other big star in the south, Kamal Haasan, who has also recently made his entry into politics, said he would join the protesters on Sunday against the expansion of the plant.
Mr Haasan had said, "On Sunday I'm joining those protesters in Tuticorin. Sterlite copper plant should not become another Bhopal... Sterlite plant has to be closed, at least not to be expanded."
Both Kamal Haasan and Rajinikant have taken on the AIADMK government on various issues. Mr Rajinikanth has been more reserved in his approach while Kamal Haasan has been very vocal.
The two leaders are seen to have timed their debuts to take advantage of a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics following former Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha's death and DMK boss M Karunanidhi's age and poor health.
Rajinikanth had announced he would launch a party and contest all 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu in the next assembly elections due in 2021 in December.
Kamal Haasan had launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam in February, promising an end to corruption, education for all and jobs for the youth.
Ever since Rajinikanth announced his entry into active politics, the two actors have been repeatedly asked if they would contest elections together.
Mr Haasan had said, "red is not my political complexion. I hope Rajinikanth's colour is not saffron because if it is, an alliance is unlikely."