Southern superstar Rajinikanth has finally announced that he will be entering politics.
“My political entry is definite,” said Rajinikanth.
“In next assembly elections I will form a party and contest all constituencies in Tamil Nadu,” he added.
A visibly angry Rajnikanth said, "Democracy is in bad shape right now, all other states have been making fun of us (Tamil Nadu), I will feel guilty if I don't take this decision now. In the name of democracy, politicians are robbing us of our own money on our own land. We need to bring a change from the base."
Rajinikanth was addressing fans at Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai.
He said his party will contest all the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.
He said he knows it was not going to be easy, but it had to be done.
“I am not doing this for any post. I do not come for money or fame, as I have them enough. But the politics has become so bad that rest of the world is laughing at us,” said the superstar.
"Truth, work, and growth will be the three mantras of our party," he added.
Meanwhile, his fans have started celebrating following the announcement.
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He said he will float his party before the next Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and contest all 234 constituencies.
Taking a cue from the famous Rajnikanth jokes, one of ‘Thalaiva’s’ fans quipped, “I would like to say politics has entered Rajinikanth instead of saying Rajinikanth entered politics.”
Reacting to the development, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “He only announced he is entering politics, had no details or documents, he is illiterate. Its only media hype, people of Tamil Nadu are intelligent”
He only announced he is entering politics, had no details or documents, he is illiterate. Its only media hype, people of Tamil Nadu are intelligent: Subramanian Swamy, BJP on #Rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/4dDZWLGxdd— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2017
Swamy further said, “Let him announce political party name and candidates and then I will expose him.”
Actor Kamal Haasan said, "I congratulate my brother Rajini for his social consciousness and his political entry. Welcome welcome!"