- Veteran Actor Rajinikanth will announce his much-anticipated political party on December 31 and its launch in January, ending years of speculation.
- Last month, actor Rajinikanth, hinted that his long-awaited entry into electoral politics could be postponed.
- Rajinikanth likely to contest Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021
In January, five months before the Tamil Nadu election, superstar Rajinikanth will launch his long-anticipated political party. He said in a tweet that on December 31, he would reveal the launch date.
In a tweet in Tamil, the 69 year old actor Rajinikanth said, “In the upcoming elections, we will achieve a big victory with the support of the people. A Spiritual politics will emerge in Tamil Nadu that will bring transparency, honesty. He also said, “A politics with no corruption and one that is free of caste and religious bias.” tweeted with hashtags “It’s now or never” and “We will change, we will change everything”.
Three days after meeting with senior office bearers from his platform, the Rajini Makkal Mandram, Rajinikanth made the announcement, ending years of speculation. “District office bearers expressed their opinions. They have said that they will support whatever decision I make.” He further said, “I will announce my decision as soon as possible,” as conveyed to the reporters outside his home in Poes Garden.
In October, Rajinikanth went on social media to clear rumors that because of his health, he was in two minds about his political plans. A leaked letter, suspected to have been written by him, fuelled the speculation.
The letter seemed to imply that after his renal transplant, the veteran actor had been advised by physicians to limit his movements and may be even more vulnerable to COVID-19. He was apparently told by the doctors that the only option was a vaccine and they were not sure whether his body would even tolerate it.
The actor explained that he would announce his stand at an “appropriate time” and clarified further that “The letter is not mine, but the details on the advice of my health and doctors is correct.”
Before the meeting on Monday, his fans put up posters saying: “It’s now or never”.
Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, another actor-turned-politician, are widely tipped to be the x-factors in the April-May Tamil Nadu election.
This is the first election that has left a political void in Tamil Nadu since the death of the state’s two most influential leaders, J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK and DMK’s MK Karunanidhi.
Rajinikanth, a famous and admired film star in Mumbai and southern states with a wide catalogue of films, enjoys an unmatched fan following.
In 1996, the reason Jayalalithaa and her AIADMK lost the election was seen to be his remarks. ” Even God cannot save Tamil Nadu if Jayalalitha is voted back to power” he had famously said.
The ruling AIADMK, which lost the national election last year, says it will continue its alliance with the BJP as it battles for a third consecutive term. Chief MK Stalin of the DMK, who lost the Tamil Nadu polls in 2016, managed to sweep the national election and hopes to continue his winning streak when the state votes for a new government.
Over the years, while his meetings with top BJP leaders and comments in support of the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated otherwise, Rajinikanth has denied any political leanings. Rajinikanth compared PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to “Krishna and Arjuna” from the Mahabharata last year, days after the government ended special status for Jammu and Kashmir, and said parties must not play politics when it comes to the safety of the country.