Putting years of speculation to rest, south Indian superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday announced that he will launch a political party in January next year to contest in the upcoming assembly elections in his home state of Tamil Nadu.
“In the upcoming elections, we will achieve a big victory with the support of the people. Spiritual politics will emerge in Tamil Nadu that will bring transparency, honesty… a politics with no corruption and one that is free of caste and religious bias,” he tweeted.
“A wonder and miracle will definitely happen,” the 69-year-old wrote with hashtags “It’s now or never” and “We will change, we will change everything”.
Later, Rajinikanth told the media, “I am ready to sacrifice even my life for the sake of Tamil people… It is now or never. If I win it will be the people’s victory, if I lose it will be their defeat.” The superstar had first indicated his intentions to join politics in 2017.
This would be the first election since the death of Tamil Nadu’s two most powerful politicians, J Jayalalithaa of the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK’s MK Karunanidhi, created a political vacuum in the politically important state.
Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth made his debut in 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema, whose popularity has been attributed to his uniquely styled dialogues in films.
He has won many awards, including four Tamil Nadu State Film Best Actor Awards and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. The Indian government honored the philanthropist with two civilian awards — the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.
Source: United News of Bangladesh