Rajinikanth: Will announce decision about joining politics on Dec 31

RSTV Bureau
Superstar Rajinikanth addresses after casting his vote during the South Indian Artists Association's SIAA Election in Chennai on October 18.  File Photo-PTI

File photo of superstar Rajinikanth. PTI

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has again kept his fans guessing about his decision to enter the world of politics. While addressing his fans on Tuesday, the actor said that he’ll announce his decision on December 31.

“I am not saying that I will come to politics…I will announce my stand on entering politics on December 31,” Rajinikanth said.

“Had I not known its dynamics, I would have said okay,” the 67-year- old actor actor clarified.

The actor, who enjoys cult status in the Tamil film industry, also said “I am not new to politics,” and referred to his 1996 stand of voicing opposition to then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa amid a loud applause.

On criticism from certain quarters over dragging his feet on the issue of entering politics, the actor stressed that months ago he had clarified that he will make his decision known during “war.”

Amid thunderous applause, the actor, clad in a white kurta, asked “war means only election. Has it come now?”.

In May this year, during a similar photo-op, the actor had said, “Let us face the war when it comes” which was seen as an indication that he might enter politics.

“If we go to war, we should win, to succeed valour alone is not sufficient, strategy …(is important),” he said sporting a smile.

Several political analysts believe that the perceived political vacuum in Tamil Nadu after the demise of Jayalalithaa, and the ill-health of DMK president M Karunanidhi, there is a lot of public interest in whether Rajinikanth will enter politics or not.

Beginning Tuesday, Rajinikanth is scheduled to meet fans from over 18 districts in Chennai.

(With inputs from PTI)