After pulling out of the Lok Sabha Polls, Rajinikanth has now announced that he will not be contesting in the bypolls scheduled to be held alongside the general elections. The actor announced his decision while speaking to the media at the airport yesterday.
Almost a month ago, the actor had revealed that he would not be contesting in the Lok Sabha polls as he intended to concentrate solely on the Tamil Nadu State Assembly elections. The Election Commission, while announcing the schedule for the general elections, said that bypolls to 21 constituencies would be held simultaneously.
When asked if he would be contesting in the bypolls, the actor responded with a ‘No,’ reports ToI. He also refused to reveal who he would support during the bypolls. “Sorry, I cannot say anything now,” he had said.
Last month, the Enthiran star had mentioned that he would support the party that could solve the ‘water problem’ in the State. When asked if it was a national party or regional party, the actor responded by saying “Both.”
The actor had issued a statement last month detailing his plans for the future. “I will not endorse or support any political party contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. I therefore request that no one uses my name, or images and flags associated with the Rajini Makkal Mandram or that of the fan clubs, to promote or support any party,” he said.
“The most important problem of Tamil Nadu is water. So, I request all to vote for parties that have a solution for Tamil Nadu’s water issue and are able to implement the plan. I request all to think, analyse and vote for them,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam will contest from all 40 Parliamentary constituencies in the State. Yesterday, the Election Commission allotted his party the battery torch symbol.