Superstar Rajnikanth may have said he is not launching a party, but the actor still has a “part to play” in Tamil Nadu’s unstable and volatile political stage, according to weekly Tamil news magazine Thuglak editor and RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy.
Speaking at a public platform on the 51st anniversary celebrations of the magazine, Gurumurthy said he could not fault Rajnikanth’s ultimate decision not to enter politics. But he does not believe that this is the end of the actor’s political career, Gurumurthy said, reported The News Minute.
“If what happened to him in Hyderabad had happened after he had started the party and his blood pressure had risen, and had his body rejected the kidney, there is no saying what would have happened to the party. So there is no point in finding fault in his decision. But I have written that he still has a part to play. I think this is not the end,” he said.
After promising to launch his political party and contest the Tamil Nadu elections in 2021, the superstar backed out in December last year citing health reasons in a dramatic turn of events. He was shooting on the sets of Annaatthe in Hyderabad, when his blood pressure started fluctuating and he had to be hospitalised. Subsequently, the actor released a long statement on Twitter giving an exhaustive explanation about his medical condition. “I should not have constant fluctuations in blood pressure, as it would severely affect my transplanted kidney,” wrote the actor, who had undergone a renal transplant in 2016.
Further, Rajnikanth pointed out that he was apprehensive that even if a COVID-19 vaccine was around the corner, he might face health complications during electioneering due to his immune-suppressant medication. And, this would affect the mental and financial status of the people who would be part of his political travels, he said. Above all, he said, it was a warning from the lord to not venture into the world of politics.
Despite this announcement, which led to newspapers writing him off as an “untested political force”, the actor continues to be under pressure to take on the political mantle in Tamil Nadu.
In fact, a few days ago, his fans staged a demonstration in Chennai to protest his decision to not enter politics, but the 70-year-old actor refused to reconsider his decision. “I have taken my decision. I appeal to everyone to not indulge in such things as it pains me,” the 70-year-old said, according to news agency ANI.
Members of the film fraternity in Kollywood, however, stepped in to support him.
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Gurumurthy, who has always been vocal about his views on Rajnikanth and the BJP joining forces in the state, also said at the Thuglak event: “As far as Rajinikanth is concerned, I have spoken and spent a lot of time with him. I had said that he should come to politics but when it comes to his health, only he and his family can take a call. He likes me because of that. I have never forced his hand.”
The ball seems to be back in the actor’s court again, as speculation continues to simmer about his political plans. And, this may not die down until the state Assembly elections in May.