To take the plunge or not : RAJINIKANTH’S entry into politics still on tenterhooks - etgresearch

To take the plunge or not : RAJINIKANTH’S entry into politics still on tenterhooks

Actor Rajinikanth recently said that he would resolve the suspense regarding the decision on his political pushsoon, post the meeting with the district secretaries of his unified fan club - Rajini Makkal Mandram.

“In the meeting with the district secretaries, they voiced their opinions and I shared mine. They have assured to stand by me in whatever decision I make” he disclosed to media outside hisresidence.

The November 30th meeting with his unified fan club is his first in-person public event, that has taken place following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost a month ago, Rajini had repudiated a statement, which was rumoured to be his own,that went viral on social media, which intimated that he was quitting politics. Although,he concurred that the a few claims regarding his health were in-fact true and he would arrange discussions with the functionaries of his unified fan-club and come forward with his political standing.

The document which was doing the rounds and was said to be ‘exposed’ mentioning that, the Actor’s doctors had expressed concerns over Rajinikanth stepping into active politics, as he had undergone a kidney transplant and due to the very fact that there was no vaccine for COVID-19 yet.

There was also uncertainty prevails over the actor’s next move even when a vaccine had become available, given that there were concerns over how at the age of 70, with pre-existing medical conditions he would react to the vaccine. All these lead to the fact that the actor quitting politics to the primary scenario and that the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu were due by the Summer of 2021.

The contents of a letter that was said to be Rajinikanth’s , mentioned that if he were to start a party it would have to be more finite by December and the announcement would have to made by January 15th. However, concerns was also brought up regarding the possibility of his health conditions worsen after his entry into active politics, which would mean meeting people and holding rallies amid the pandemic would over all be catastrophic to him and his political party.

“There is a similar statement to that of mine which is circulating on social media and appearing on media. Everyone knows that it is not my statement. However, some of the details on that statement which pertain to my health and the medical advice given to me are in-fact true. At the right time, I will regroup with the functionaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram and inform the people about my political stance” reads the actor’s tweet in Tamil.

In recent months, speculations have been rapidly increasingregarding the actor’s dive into politics, with posters going up in different regions of the state calling for his entry into politics, as there are only 6 months to go for the Assembly elections.

It was with high anticipations that Rajinikanth had arranged for a press meet in Chennai on March 12th2020, however, the actor only framed his vision for ‘cleaning up politics’ and refused to commit regarding his own political stance. “I have never even thought of becoming the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu or being seated in the Assembly and speaking. It isn’t even in my blood. I want a new wave, new power, and new blood to go and seize power in the assembly and Rajini will be a bridge for this” he said.

“We need to let the people know, this is not for Rajini, this is for the people of Tamil Nadu. I am not here to consolidate 15-20 % of the votes, this is my only chance. I am 71 years old and by the next polls take place in 2026, I will be 76 then. Once the message reaches more people and the common people want a change, let me see that happen and I will come make my entry into politics” he had said cryptically in March.

It is note-worthy that without formally entering politics, Rajinikanth has been making statements showing his political sway and influencing opinions. In 1995, the actor had spoken against the reigning Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK government, which had swayed the votes in favour of the DMK in the Assembly polls that following year.

Similarly, in the Lok Sabha Polls in 2019, Rajini made statements that expressed support towards numerous decisions andinitiativesof the Modi-Shah-led BJP. On different occasions, Rajinikanth had spoken in favour of demonetization, CAA/NRC,Abrogation of Article 370, river-interlinking project,among others. He had also commemorated the Modi-Shah duo as Arujn-Krishna from the Mahabharata while stating that people did not know who Krishna and Arjun is among the duo. "They only know who Krishna is and who is Arjuna" Rajini had said, while a smiling BJP President Amit Shah looked on in 2019.