Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth, who has kept his fans guessing on his plunge into politics, has finally announced his decision to enter politics. He said, “I do not want carders. I want watchdogs.” He also said that his decision is the need of the hour and that he will start his own party in the upcoming elections. For many months, Rajinikanth has been cryptic about his entry into politics. In May, he triggered fan frenzy when he said, “If God wills it, I will enter politics tomorrow”.
Pointing to what he called a low in Tamil politics over the last year, he said, “If I don’t make this decision now, then I will have let people down, the guilt will haunt me”. The death of AIADMK’s iconic leader J Jayalalithaa last December is seen to have left a vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics. “It is time for political change. We should change the system. We want an honest and caste-less politics.” He went on to say that “We will tell people that if we cannot deliver what we promised and we will resign in three years otherwise.”
The superstar has spent the last five days meeting with his fans.
Here are the highlights of Rajinikanth’s political announcement :
Amitabh Bachchan Sends Best Wishes To Rajinikanth On His Political Debut
To Rajinikanth, with love from Amitabh Bachchan 68-year-old Sundarambal breaks into a dance as fans celebrate post Rajinikanth’s announcement. Superstar Rajinikanth greets fans outside Raghvendra Mandapam after announcing his political entry. Tamil Nadu’s state BJP President Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan congratulated Superstar Rajinikanth.
Welcome actor Rajinikanths political entry with motto of corruption free good governance which is the sole aim of BJP
– Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan (@DrTamilisaiBJP) December 31, 2017
Fans have started celebrations with Superstar Rajinikanth’s announcement. In 1996 Rajinikanth had asked the people to support the DMK government and not its charismatic opponent J Jayalalithaa, famously declaring, “Even God can’t save Tamil Nadu if Jayalalithaa comes back to power again”. The DMK swept the state polls in 1996 but later the superstar later described as “a mistake and an accident”.Rajinikanth: From Bus Conductor To The (Potential) Political Thalaivar
On screen he can do anything. But once the cameras move away, Rajinikanth has a remarkable down-to-earth persona. “(Because) nobody pays me to act in real life,” the superstar, who enjoys a demigod-like status among the legions of his fans, said last year. “Whatever the decision our beloved Thalaivar takes, we will support him. He knows how to do and what to do,” says a fan at Kodambakam where Superstar Rajinikanth will make his announcement. Posters in Chennai that say if Rajinikanth takes the political plunge, he will be the next chief minister. “From 12-12-2017, we are all not his fans, we are all his cadre,” Abdul Mallik, a fan, told NDTV.