Chennai: In an announcement that could dramatically alter political alignments in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in the state.
The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, in the political arena. “I am joining politics and it is for sure,” said the actor clad in a spotless white kurta and sporting a grey beard, amid thunderous applause from fans.
Batting for honesty in politics and good governance, he said, “everything needs to be changed” and declared that “spiritual politics” needs to be ushered in, sans shades of any caste or religion with transparency.
“This is my motto and desire,” he said and appealed to people to support him in his venture adding it was not possible to do it alone. During the era of kings, they plundered the countries of their enemies. However, in democracy, parties were plundering their own people and such a “system” needs to be changed democratically.
Dramatically, he asked for “volunteers,” not cadres to see to it that those who prevent amenities and rights reaching the people are thwarted. Asserting that he will not tolerate nepotism or under the table dealings, he said, “I want volunteers who will keep vigil and who will not go to any officials, ministers or MPs, or MLAs for selfish needs.”
Such ‘volunteers’ should question whoever commit mistakes, Rajinikanth said adding he needed only such people for his party. “I am only a representative of the people to monitor such vigilantes.”
He said such a force of selfless volunteers who will act as not cadres but as ‘vigilantes’ was needed and it should be built. The actor said the first task would be streamlining the existing registered and unregistered fan clubs across the State.
He appealed to his fans to bring all sections of people into the club so that it could transform into a party and “till then there is no need to indulge in political talk which includes me.”