Superstar Rajinikanth, after months of speculations, has finally announced his political entry. In what felt like watching a Rajini movie, the actor, speaking to media persons this morning at Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, said that he will be starting his own political party, and will contest in all 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu during the next assembly elections.
“Naan arasiyalukku varuvadhu urudhi [I will enter politics for sure]”, he said to resounding applause. Calling his political entry a necessity [“kaalathhin kattayam“], Rajini declared that democracy is dead in the state and that a few political events that had happened the past year in Tamil Nadu have shamed its citizens. “If I don’t enter now, I will feel guilty,” he said, “All my preparations have been done. I am not entering for the money or name.”
He further added that ‘truth, work and growth’ will be the three mantras of his party, and that it would be devoid of caste and religion, and will instead be more spiritual [“aanmeega arasiyal“]. He also implored his fans to not talk ill of any other political party or speculate further. “I don’t need workers, I need guards [“kaavalargal“] to ensure smooth functioning of the state,” declared Rajini, “I represent the people. If I don’t deliver on my promises, I will resign in three years.”
Fans have so far welcomed the actor’s political entry, celebrating his announcement outside his residence in Poes Garden.
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2017
— Chennai Times (@ChennaiTimesTOI) December 31, 2017
BJP MLA Subramanian Swamy though, called Rajinikanth ‘illiterate’.
He only announced he is entering politics, had no details or documents, he is illiterate. Its only media hype, people of Tamil Nadu are intelligent: Subramanian Swamy, BJP on #Rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/4dDZWLGxdd
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2017
Meanwhile, much like his fans, members from the film fraternity, too, are excited about Rajinikanth’s political entry. Actor Kamal Haasan, who is also likely to enter politics, congratulated his friend.
சகோதரர் ரஜினியின் சமூக உணர்வுக்கும் அரசியல் வருகைக்கும் வாழ்த்துக்கள். வருக வருக
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) December 31, 2017
Others wished him all the best.
T 2758 – My dear friend , my colleague and a humble considerate human, RAJNIKANTH, announces his decision to enter politics .. my best wishes to him for his success !!?? pic.twitter.com/dByrmlZb2c
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 31, 2017
— priyadarshan (@priyadarshandir) December 31, 2017
Welcome thalaiva @superstarrajini thanks for this great news ??and our wishes are that u stand tall as a superstar in politics too n be the much needed change n May u be the new breed of leader to uplift the people of TN.
— Prasanna (@Prasanna_actor) December 31, 2017
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) December 31, 2017
— Lingusamy (@dirlingusamy) December 31, 2017
Good thinkers bring change! or be the reason for change!! @superstarrajini is a good thinker! I welcome his decision to enter politics!! ??
— S.R.Prabhu (@prabhu_sr) December 31, 2017
He gave his heart & soul to his art form and people’s love made him @superstarrajini … am sure the nobility of his intention will receive as much love, as he announces his political entry. I wish you all the very best & super success sir. ?????? pic.twitter.com/EoG3LCmZiG
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) December 31, 2017
(This is a developing story)