- Rajinikanth decided to opt out of forming a political party
- The south Indian superstar says he will serve the people without entering the politics
- Rajinikanth tells why he decided to cancel his plans of entering into politics
South Indian superstar actor Rajinikanth, who was all geared up to launch his very won political party with a “now or never” announcement earlier this month, has now announced that he will not opt for the latter course, citing health concerns.
In a statement today, Rajinikanth said, “With extreme sadness, I say that I can’t enter politics. I alone know the pain I went through while announcing this decision,” – two days after he was discharged from the hospital where he was admitted over the weekend due to fluctuation in the blood pressure.
The statement read, “Without entering electoral politics, I will serve the people. This decision of mine will disappoint my fans and people but please forgive me.”
Rajinikanth set up the Rajini Makkal Mandram back in 2018 and promised the people to practice “spiritual politics”.
Explaining the reason for his decision, he said, “My hospitalisation was a warning given by God. My campaign will impact health amid the pandemic”.
The 70 year old actor’s debut in politics has been anticipated by his fans for almost 25 years now, and despite weighing in on various matters, Rajinikanth never took the leap.
Back in October, Rajinikanth said that he has been advised by his doctors to stay away from the heat and dust of the campaign, adding that after the renal transplant, his immune system has weakened and has made him vulnerable and susceptible to diseases including the novel Coronavirus, he said after the leaked letter – supposedly written by him – which triggered speculation that he was delaying his political debut due to health concerns.
The actor later clarified that though the letter was not his, the information on the letter was indeed correct.
On the 3rd of December, the 70 year old actor Rajinikanth announced that he will launch his own political party and contest in the Tamil Nadu elections adding “it is now or never”.
The date of the launch of the political party was to be announced on the 31st of December and the launch was tentatively scheduled for January 2021, five months before the state election in Tamil Nadu.
It was being reported that the date would coincide with the Pongal festival or the birth anniversary of MG Ramachandran, who is the founder of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
The prospect of Rajinikanth launching his political party had triggered excitement as the coming election promised to be lacklustre in the absence of the two goliaths of Tamil Nadu politics, J Jayalalithaa from AIADMK and M Karunanidhi from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
The death of both of these leaders have left a huge gap in the state’s politics and it was expected that with Rajinikanth’s entry and other fellow actor – politician Kamal Haasan could fill the void.
Soon after Rajinikanth’s announcement, the 66 year old actor Kamal Haasan had repeated his willingness to work with him if their ideologies match.