Rajinikanth meets office-bearers of fans’ association, says decision on entering politics very soon
Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth is likely to end the prolonged suspense over his political entry on Tuesday. The actor, who had hinted in October that his health might not allow him to take the political step, met on Monday with key officials from his Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM), a fan platform originally expected to morph into a political party. . The meeting was held in their Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, an elegant wedding hall.
“I met the district secretaries (RMM). They shared their views. I also conveyed my point of view to them. They have agreed to support any decision you make. I will make the decision as soon as possible and announce it, ”Rajinikanth told reporters outside his residence at Poes Garden.
Earlier, a pair of RMM district secretaries, who attended the meeting, told reporters that the actor had informed them that he would announce his decision through the media “either tonight or tomorrow (Tuesday).”
Rajinikanth’s possible political downfall is a topic that has repeatedly come up in discussion as “old wine in a new bottle” since the early 1990s.
However, the actor had stated only three years ago, on December 31, 2017 to be precise, that his political entry is a certainty and that his proposed party would present candidates in the 234 Assembly electoral districts in the state. Things barely moved beyond this and, earlier this year, he surprised everyone by declaring that he would not be the Chief Minister candidate if he took the plunge. Instead, a young and capable candidate would be screened for the position. But far worse, he announced that he would make a political entry only if he witnessed a “resurgence” among the people and commissioned his RMM to create such an uprising.
Thereafter, in October he dropped indications of backing down by saying that certain contents of a “leaked letter” related to his state of health were true. The “letter”, which took to social media on his behalf, said that doctors had advised him to stay home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and that as such it would be difficult for him to tour the been to campaign.
It is widely anticipated that, but for a last-minute surprise, the actor could in his statement, which is expected to be released on Tuesday, cite his health to retire from politics. It remains to be seen if the superstar would offer support to any other party.