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Chennai:Rajinikanth to float own political party, to contest all 234 assembly seats


Chennai, Dec 31 (IANS): Accusing political parties of "looting" the people, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday said he will float a new party that will pursue "spiritual politics" and vowed to contest the next Tamil Nadu Assembly election.

After years of will-he-will-he-not uncertainty, the 68-year-old bus conductor-turned-heartthrob of Tamil cinema told cheering supporters here that his decision was a "compulsion of time".

Alleging that politics in the country had gone "very wrong", Rajinikanth said in Tamil: "Under the guise of democracy, political parties are looting their own people." Such a system, he added, needed to be changed.

He said his party -- the hugely popular actor did not name it -- would not contest the upcoming local body elections due to lack of time to prepare but would field candidates in all the 234 Assembly constituencies in 2021.

A decision on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls would be taken at an appropriate time, he said.

In a clear attack on the ruling AIADMK, Rajinikanth said the happenings in Tamil Nadu in the past one year -- since Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa died in December 2016, leading to splits in the party -- had made the state a laughing stock.

He urged his legion of fans not to talk about politics or comment about other parties till his party was floated.

Born into a humble Maratha family as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajini -- as Rajinikanth is popularly known -- became a bus conductor after doing odd jobs as a coolie and carpenter.

Once he took to Tamil filmdom, there was no looking back. Tamil Nadu warmly embraced him, never seeing him as an "outsider", and Rajinikanth became an icon in Tamil film industry, his movies running to packed houses.

The Rs 26 crore deal he signed for the movie "Sivaji" (2007) then made him the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.

On Sunday, Rajinikanth said his first task would be to get many of his unregistered fan clubs affiliated with the parent body.

He underlined that he was not getting into politics for the greed of power. He was not interested in political power at age 45 and, so, there was no question of he having the desire now - when he was nearing 70.

Rajinikanth admitted that in a state with a plethora of political parties, it would be no easy task to float a new party and face the voters. "It is like taking a pearl from the deep sea."

He promised that his party, if elected to power, would resign if it was not able to fulfil the electoral promises within three years of forming a government.

Advising his fans to "think good, talk good and do good", Rajinikanth said his party's philosophy would be "Truth, Work and Growth".

He said he was confident of getting people's support as he represented the common man.

For years, Rajinikanth has been asked repeatedly if he would take to politics or not. At one time he supported the Congress but backed out when it aligned with the AIADMK. He then backed a DMK-TMC alliance which won.

He also lent his support to the Anna Hazare campaign against corruption in 2011.

The winner of several film awards as well as Padma Bhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2016), Rajinikanth is known for his philanthropic activities and spiritual pursuit.

He was wedded to the spiritual path at a young age when his family helped him to join the Ramakrishna Math. He is known to regularly visit pilgrimage hubs across the country and many temples in Chennai and elsewhere.

Son of a former police constable and a father of two grown up daughters, Rajinikanth joins the long list of Tamil actors who have taken to politics -- some very successfully at that.

They include the iconic M.G. Ramachandran or MGR, his protege Jayalalithaa, MGR's contemporary Sivaji Ganesan, MGR's wife Janaki and action hero A. Vijaykant.

DMK stalwarts C. Annadurai and M. Karunanidhi -- both former Chief Ministers -- wrote scripts for hugely successful Tamil movies. And actor Kamal Haasan has said he too will take to politics.

Rajinikanth's decision on Sunday was greeted warmly by Kamal Haasan as well as Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Anupam Kher.


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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Will dravidians swallow their pride and consent to rule by a Maharastrian?

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Some say that his use of the word ‘spiritual’ and invocation of the Bhagavad Gita mean that the superstar is planning to align with the BJP.
    Political watchers feel that Rajini is the herald of the post-Dravidian era, the first would-be politician to speak openly of spirituality and religion. Tamil Nadu has, for the past six decades, been ruled by Dravidian parties, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), whose ideology is rooted in atheism and rationalism.
    “The word ‘spiritual’ in very normal terms can only be associated with a particular ideology, the pictures on his stage, the quote from Bhagavad Gita which he used in his opening lines, the invocation of late editor of Tughlaq magazine and political commentator Cho Ramaswamy – all point to the fact that he is associating with the (Bharatiya Janata) party, although subtly. It’s a disastrous move because he would only be a proxy for a communal political party.”

    He has said that he will enter politics. He has not made his ideology clear. Unless he makes it clear, we cannot say whether his ideology is aligned to Dravidianism or against it.

    Rajinikanth says his politics is not Dravidian in a Dravidian population, then what does he represent? What is the post-Dravidian identity?” That is the million-dollar question that Rajinikanth is going to have to answer in the near future.

    One thing is for sure. Thanks to Rajinikanth, religion and spirituality are no longer a bad words in Tamil politics.

    Is Rajinikanth proxy of BJP?
    Will he follow the Dravidian line of politics with Periyar E. V. Ramasamy or Nagpur?
    Jai hind

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  • Thomas Andrade, Toronto / Valencia

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    If a country of a billion people is ruled by a PM who was once a tea-maker, then instead of insulting him for his past profession, we have to salute him for the struggles he went through in his life before he became the PM. Can we imagine, with our highest educational degrees we can become even a low level politician, forget about becoming the PM of India? Before becoming the PM, Modi was CM of Gujarat for many years and was very successful in his position. Gujarat is one of the richest States in India because of him. Today he is one of the most powerful political figures not only in India but all over the world. Those who insult him as a tea-maker, I would like to ask them if only those rich, businessmen, highly educated and people with political background have the right to become politicians or rulers of India? If you think so, then something is wrong with your thinking. It is not written in our Constitution that a tea-maker or conductor cannot become a PM of India. We had President in Dr. Abdul Kalam, who used to sell newspapers. Despite going through such hardship he became a topnotch scientist of India before becoming the President. He is one of the most loved and highly respected persons today. Having talked about Modi, I don’t belong to his Party or any party and I don’t like politicians, but I call spade a spade.
    Finally, why can’t Rajanikanth become a good ruler just because he was once a conductor or carpenter? Can you pinpoint how many of our “successful” politicians are sincere and honest? Rajanikanth has plenty of money and unlike many, he is not going to jump into politics to make money. If he wants to float a party, then I strongly feel that he wants to sincerely serve his people. We have seen what corrupt politicians Tamil Nadu had in the past, which has to be corrected by someone and that “someone” could be Rajanikanth.

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  • Jagga, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Letting A Raja and Kanimozhi free was a waste now....

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  • SK Katpady, Katpady

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Earlier India was part of the World and now World will be the part of India..By the power of Rajni

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    HE HAS EXCELLENT PURPOSE TO START THE POLITICAL PARTY AND JOIN THE POLITICS AND HOPE HE WORK FOR THE RIGHT OF INDIANS TO PROFESS THE RELIGION THEY PREFER

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  • A. K. MANJESHWAR, Manjeshwar/Abu dhabi

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Haaa Haaaa
    India is ruled by ..... Tea Maker
    States are ruled by ..... conductor, swami's, Yoghis......
    World is ruled by a Fool... Trump
    No value for Qualification.....No use bcoz people are fools
    No surprise ..... It is predicted already....... "Powers are vested with Fools and idiots"
    It is necessary as it leads the universe for destruction....
    Jai Hind....

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    YES.....BEFORE 5TH CLASS FAILED WAITRESS WAS A PRESIDENT OF A CHOR PARTY AND SHE HAS THE REMOTE TO CONTROL ENTIRE GOVT.....AND IT WAS OK FOR YOU HA?

    BUDDHU IS YOUR LEADER AND WHAT IS HIS QUALIFICATION?

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  • Ismail, Moodbidri

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    In my life I have supported many parties. I will not support particular party. I support, whoever is having clean image. I have decided not to support people, whose hands are coloured with blood.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Ismail
    I pity Ur knowledge
    The person whom yo refer has been found not
    guilty by Apex court

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  • Mohan. Kottari, Sajipa. BC road

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Y not .when teawala become PM of country..conductor atleast should become MLA.of state

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  • Amith shetty, Mangalore, Qatar

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    So in this case dont expect people to vote for Rajnikant to become CM of Tamil Nadu instead please do Rajnikant to vote so that CM will become Rajnikant. Please let me know if you got it....ITS SIMPLE VISE VERSA SINCE IT IS RAJNIKANT

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    It was much expected from Dravidian state before the next assembly elections to the state. The BJP has already made several visit though his trusted Governor to woo him to the BJP in the past.
    But considering the self pride and respect he got from Tamilians direct contest from BJP is not well thought. So he decided to float his own party.
    It should be noted that in past he has expressed displeasure in Indian politics. But with the vacuum created by the Amma sad demise due her political murder cine star wanted to try his luck.

    Now AIADMK is split into three factions(two going to merge before the assembly elections to BJP), DMK is the front runner, in case of hung assembly is Rajinikanth party going to support BJP or remain opposition?
    This is the question our mass media should ask? His heart will be read instatonesly and the BJP's grand plan of Dravidian politics will be exposed.

    I would also request former CM Jayalalitha mysterious death report should be tabled before the assembly elections. Apollo hospital Doctors should be able to answer all the question and stand trial if required.

    Amma's death is not natural but it is political killing for BJP's expansion to the south. She has been radioactive poisoned slowly to her death.
    Jai Hind

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  • SK, MANGALORE

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    what works in one field may not work in another field. I am doubtful whether he can achieve even one percent of What he did on screens

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    In the west working in Pubs Bars fast food Chains is common thing. they do it for pocket money while studying.
    Rajinikanth's achievements and humility is a example for all educated people. He deserves honorary doctorate from any top university of the world.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    BJP has given Rajinikanth supari to split Votes ...

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  • SB, Mlore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Just like how Congress gave to Hardick?

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    It will be a total flop show by Rajinikanth.

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  • K Seetharama Upadhay, Kota

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Tamil Nadu now has a vacuum after losing the great leader Jayalalitha. It needs a strong leader to lead the state. In my opinion, Sri Rajinikanth would be great leader. He has come up the hard way and is sure to make it big Tamilnadu politics. FOr Tamilnadu to develop we need great leader who are hardworking and who can lead the state with honesty dedication and sincerity. I am sure he will follow the path that his predecessor like MGR Kamaraj and Jayalalitha have led. Tamilnadu has great potential for development and would become an industrial hub of India. Rajanikanth knows the pulse of people of Tamilnadu and would do great development in Tamilnadu. I wish Sri Rajanikanth all the best. I am sure he will make it big.

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    this Episode will continue until Rajinikath come in the fold of Modi

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Already decided..great strength to BJP.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    At least conductor should get chance in politics..

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    When a bar dancer gets a chance in politics,why not a conductor...?

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  • Mohan. Kottari, Sajipa. BC road

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Y not .when teawala become PM of country..conductor atleast should become MLA.of state

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  • Mohan. Kottari, Sajipa. BC road

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Y not .when teawala become PM of country..conductor atleast should become MLA.of state

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  • kuwait, india

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    nothing will be changed

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Rajni is a big Fan of Modi.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Chai Walla, Dabba Walla, Ticket Walla, Idli Wali ...

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  • Rakesh, Kaikamba

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    What about Bar dance wala , Cartoon wala , Gujiriwala ( Sleepwala)

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    YEAH I SAW YOU AT KAIKAMBA BAR...

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Bar dancing is a respectable job...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    If all Filmstars are becoming Politicians than it is high time that most of the politicians now can join film industry because lot of vacancies.

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Are you ready? Bar dancing is a respectable job... so no worries you can float your own party.

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  • T dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    As long as you earn legally any profession is respectable if it sustains you/family.

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