Rajini lends wedding hall for anti-corruption fast

Chennai: Pledging his support to anti-graft initiatives, superstar Rajinikanth has lent his sprawling marriage hall here free of cost for the three-day fast being organised by Team Anna activists for a strong Lokpal Bill.

"We are organising a three-day fast from Tuesday. We had approached him for support. Rajinikanth accepted it and said he was always for anti-corruption," India Against Corruption`s (IAC) Central Core Committee member M S Chandramohan said today. The Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in the heart of the city in Kodambakkam locality here will be the venue for the fast being held from tomorrow to express solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare, who is beginning his fast in Mumbai.

"He (Rajinikanth) offered it free of cost and said it was his service to the country," Chandramohan said. Asked whether Rajnikanth would visit the venue during the fast, Chandramohan said, "He is always invited. But, he has not said anything on that possibility so far." IAC is also planning to hold `jail bharo andolan` from December 30, he said.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth made a surprise visit to his marriage hall where the three-day fast called by India Against Corruption-Chennai Chapter is set to commence on Tuesday, sources said. According to sources, the Tamil superstar visited the Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in the evening and inspected the arrangements being made to conduct the fast, India Against Corruption sources said.

The actor`s stay at the marriage hall was brief and he left after taking stock of the arrangements, they said. Around 200 people have so far registered to take part in the fast, which will conclude on December 30, they added