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    Narasimha Rao wanted Rajini to be CM

    By By : Settu Shankar
    The new biography of Superstar Rajinikanth reveals many inside stories of the actor happened in his life at the politically turbulent time of 1996-2000. According to the author of the book, the former Prime Minister of India, Narasimha Rao offered to make the Superstar the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu if he contested as a Congress candidate in the 1996 assembly elections!

    After the 1995 Badshah episode, Rajinikanth became as a powerful political force in Tamil Nadu. He slammed the then Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalitha for her maladministration and poor maintenance of law and order at the Silver Jubilee celebration function of Badshah.

    According to the biography, he got a phone call from Narasimha Rao after speculations triggered on his political entry in 1995. The then Prime Minister thanked the actor for his support to the congress and after a while he conveyed his new political move to the actor. In his plan, the late prime minister indicated that his party would not be averse to make him the Chief Minister of the state, if he would contest in the polls.

    When Rajinikanth sought time to think over it, Rao suggested a meeting at Sathyamoorthy Bhavan, between the two during the latter's visit to Chennai. But the actor politely turned down the offer, to avoid many unwanted things and recommended senior congress leader GK Moopanar for the Chief Minister's chair, saying he would be a perfect candidate. But Rao suggested that Rajinikanth contested the elections directly as the party's chief ministerial candidate to achieve a thumbing victory, the book said.

    But Rajinikanth differed with him in this point and said, "In the event of Congress forming a coalition government, I humbly request you to please consider joining with people who will do the good things for the state. I want congress to be an ally of the DMK. I think it's the time we give the DMK a chance," as quoted in the book.

    Also the book says, "Rajini understood it all well. Rao didn't accept his suggestions and non committal on this aspect. Rajini knew that the Prime Minister had made up his mind to join hands with Jayalalitha. So he bade goodbye to Rao and instinctively knew that the partnership between congress and DMK was an impossible pact."

    The book also recalls the days of the Kannada Thespian Rajkumar's abduction episode and about Rajini's offer as to go as an emissary to secure the actor from Sandal wood smuggler Veerappan, the love episodes of the star before his marriage and many interesting things.

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