Actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday, announced that he will not be forming a political party and that he will not join politics due to his precarious health situation.
His change of plans comes just weeks after he had announced that he will be forming a party and contesting in the upcoming Assembly elections in 2021.
In his statement on Twitter, he wrote, “I am disappointed to announce that I will not be launching a party and joining politics. Only I know the pain with which I am making this announcement.” He announced that without joining politics, he will help the people with their needs.
Rajini wrote that he does not want to abandon those who believe in him just because he will be mocked for not keeping up his promise to contest in the polls.
He also apologised to the members of the Rajini Makkal Mandram, his fans and the people of Tamil Nadu for the disappointment he has caused.
He announced that the Rajini Makkal Mandram will function as always and that all the good deeds that the members have done so far will ‘forever protect them and their families’. It will not go to waste, he said.
He also thanked Tamilaruvi Maniyan and Arjuna Moorthy, who were appointed as the party supervisor and chief coordinator respectively, for being supportive.
Rajinikanth, on December 3, had announced that he will be launching a political party in January and that his party would establish a “corruption-free” government, free of religious and caste discrimination. He had also informed that the date of the launch will be announced on December 31, 2020.
Stating that his political work should not hinder the shooting for his upcoming film Annaatthe, he left to Hyderabad on December 13, to complete shooting for the remaining portions of the film.
However, on December 23, the shooting for the film was halted for the second time this year after four crew members of Annaatthe were tested positive for Covid-19.
Even though he tested negative for the virus, soon after, the actor had to be admitted to Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to “severe fluctuations” in his blood pressure. After three days of hospitalisation and medical investigations, Rajini was discharged on Sunday and returned to Chennai.
Writing that his blood pressure is not supposed to fluctuate due to his recent kidney transplant surgery, Rajini wrote that the hospitalisation was God’s way of warning him of the consequences.
The actor’s has, on different occasions, expressed his will and determination to join politics. In December 2017, he had announced that he would join politics with conviction.
However, the actor in October 2020 had hinted that he would not be campaigning during the elections as his doctor had advised against exertion and exercising caution during Covid-19. He again announced in December that he would contest in the polls.