Rajinikanth asks fans not to pressure him to join politics

His statement came a day after his fans held an event in Chennai, urging him to reverse his decision

Rajinikanth's fans stage a protest demanding him to join politics, in Chennai on Sunday | Photo: PTI

Superstar Rajinikanth, who last year dropped his plan to enter politics, on Monday appealed to his fans not to conduct any more events to urge him reconsider his decision and that his hospitalisation was a “warning given by god”.

The 70-year-old matinee idol of Tamil movie industry issued a statement stating that he has already announced his decision and also explained the reasons for it. His statement came a day after his fans held an agitation in Chennai, urging him to reverse his decision.

In a statement posted on his Twitter handle, he appealed to his fans to not organise such events seeking him to enter politics and make him sad more and more.

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“I have explained reasons for my inability (to enter politics) in detail. I have conveyed my decision. Please don’t pain me again and again asking me to enter politics by organising such events,” said the actor who had launched his Rajini Makkal Mandram outfit in 2018.

He said the Sunday’s event in Chennai was organised by some of his fans and expelled members of Rajini Makkal Mandram in violation of the leadership’s instructions. His further said his hospitalisation was a “warning given by god” and that his “campaign will impact health amid the pandemic.”

The actor was supposed to formally announce his political party on New Year’s eve. But after his hospitalisation in Hyderabad for fluctuation in blood pressure, on December 29, he declared that he would not enter politics given his health condition vis-a-vis the coronavirus pandemic. The actor underwent a renal transplant in 2016 and is on immunosuppressants.

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The actor, on December 29, just couple of days after being discharged from the hospital, said he doesn’t want to bring “mental and economic” problems for those who had braced up to accompany in his political journey. Therefore, he said it is in the best interest of all that he cancels his political plunge given his critical health condition.

“Therefore, I inform with great regret I am unable to come to politics by floating a political party. Only I know the pain behind making this announcement,” the actor had said.

The run-up to Rajini’s announcement of a party was filled with speculations especially since he had in recent times amplified BJP’s thinking on major national issues such as revocation of Article 370 and the citizenship law. Besides, he has not been hesitant about expressing his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. BJP too has been throwing weight behind him whenever he came under attack from Dravidian and Tamil nationalist groups.

(With inputs from agencies)

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