Will announce decision on joining politics this Sunday, says Rajinikanth

Will announce decision on joining politics this Sunday, says Rajinikanth

Darren Sullivan
December 27, 2017

The actor will make an announcement pertaining to his stance of political entry on December 31.

On Tuesday, he told his fans, "I'm not new to politics; I'm there since 1996". He further added a rider. "I don't say that I will join politics".

Addressing his fans in May for a similar photo-op, Rajinikanth had said, "Let us face the war when it comes" which was seen as an indication that he might enter politics. "When I said war, it means elections".

The actor, who has been giving out hints about his political entry for several months now, said that he is hesitant about taking the plunge because he has already had some experience with politics in the past.

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"I am not saying I will join politics..."

Rajinikanth's fan meets come after the stunning result of by-polls at the RK Nagar constituency of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, which has reinforced the sense of a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu's ruling party after her death. The Tamil superstar commented at that time, "Even God can't save Tamil Nadu if Jayalalithaa returns to power".

If the fans thought that the moment they had been waiting for - their thalaivar's political journey - had finally come after a gruelling two-decade wait, they were mistaken. "Strategy is needed", Rajinikanth said. In May, he said the "system is rotten" despite the presence of "efficient" leaders like DMK's MK Stalin - the son of Karunanidhi - and PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss. Speaking before Rajinikanth, director Mahendran said, "We can never know what Rajini is thinking or what he is planning to do". He also urged his fans to remain patient and not to exert pressure on him to announce his decision (on political entry) immediately. Had I not known them, I would have taken the plunge a long before.

The 67-year-old actor will meet some 1,000 fans across 18 districts.