CHENNAI — Ending months of speculation and suspense, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has announced his entry into politics and said he would launch his own party on Sunday.
“I am joining politics for sure,” the 67-year-old said amid thunderous applause from fans in Chennai’s Kadambakkam on the valedictory of a six-day long meet.
The actor said he would launch hie own new political party which would contest all 234 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu.
Quoting a shlok(verse) from the Bhagwad Gita which stresses on the importance of doing one’s duty and leaving the rest to the Lord, he said, “This is the compulsion of time.”
He said his party will be launched ahead of assembly elections at an appropriate time. The policies of the party will be taken to the people, he said, adding that truthfulness, hard work and growth will be the slogan of his party.
His focus will be on the state assembly elections not on local elections or national elections.
“Do good, speak and only good will happen,” will be the guiding slogan, he said.
Rajinikanth’s wife Latha had also said it was her husband’s decision and would accept and respect whatever decision he takes.
Fellow actor Kamal Haasan has also hinted he was willing to work with Rajinikanth if the superstar ever decided to enter politics.
Rajinikanth, who is referred as ‘Thalaivar’ or ‘Ultimate Boss’ by his fans, enjoys almost demigod status among his followers.