No one can paint me with saffron: Rajini

Attempts are being made to paint me with saffron. I will never fall in that trap', said actor Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth, who spoke to press today aid, 'BJP never made an appeal to me to join their party.

BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan visited me to just greet me on being selected for an award at International Film Festival in India at Goa. However attempts are being made to paint me with saffron. I will never fall in the trap'.Asked about the ongoing controversy on poet Thiruvalluvar, Rajinikanth said, 'It is sad that politics is being played out on Thiruvalluvar.

He was a great gnani (epitome of knowledge). He is a siddhar, who is beyond all religion and caste.' Calling Thiruvalluvar an Theist, Rajinikanth, said, 'It is BJP's individual decision to adorn him with a saffron robe which they did in their website, and social media accounts.

But it resulted in political war of words. There are a plenty of issues that affects people today. They need to be discussed, Controversy around Thiruvalluvar sounds very silly now.'Responding to a query, Rajinikanth, who announced a couple of years that he would contest 2021 Assembly elections alone, said, 'We will not be contesting the Local Body elections'.