Rajinikanth announces political debut, Big B, Haasan wish him luck

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), December 31

Ending suspense, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday announced his entry into politics and said he would launch his own party.
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“I am joining politics for sure,” the 67-year-old said amid thunderous applause from fans.
Quoting a shloka from the Bhagwad Gita, which stresses on the importance of doing one’s duty and leaving the rest to the Lord, he said, “This is the compulsion of time.”
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Addressing fans here on the valedictory of a six-day long meet, the actor said he would launch a political party which would contest all 234 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu.
He said the party will be launched ahead of Assembly elections at an appropriate time.
The policies of the party will be taken to the people, he said and added that truthfulness, hard work and growth will be the slogan of his party.
“Do good, speak good and only good will happen,” will be the guiding slogan, he said.
Various celebrities, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan, gave their best wishes to the Tamil superstar.
“My dear friend, my colleague and a humble considerate human, Rajinikanth, announces his decision to enter politics … My best wishes to him for his success,” Bachchan tweeted.
Haasan posted, “I welcome brother Rajini’s social responsibility and political entry.”
Calling it the biggest news of the year, Anupam Kher wrote, “On the last day of 2017 comes the biggest news maker of the Year: Rajinikanth joins politics. Jai Ho.”

Riteish Deshmukh said he is sure that the “nobility of the superstar’s intention” will receive much love.
“He gave his heart and soul to his art form and people’s love made him superstar Rajinikanth… I am sure the nobility of his intention will receive as much love, as he announces his political entry. I wish you all the very best and super success sir,” he tweeted.

Congress spokesperson and actor Khushboo Sundar tweeted, “Rajinikanth announces his political plunge… Anybody who thinks can make a difference to the ideas and has an ideology, aspires for harmonious India, feels the pain of losing secularism to communalism and dreams of a democratic India, should come to politics.
“We know that Mr Rajnikanth believes in inclusive democracy and development. We wish him the all the best in his endeavours.”
Earlier this week, the actor, while addressing his fans in the state capital, had announced that he would disclose his political plans at December-end.
“I am not new to politics. I’m there since 1996. I got delayed. Entering is equal to victory. I will announce a decision on December 31,” he had said.
Rajinikanth’s wife Latha had also said it was her husband’s decision and would accept and respect whatever decision he takes.
Fellow actor Kamal Haasan has also hinted he was willing to work with Rajinikanth if the superstar ever decided to enter politics.
Rajinikanth, who is referred as ‘Thalaivar’ or ‘Ultimate Boss’ by his fans, enjoys almost demigod status among his followers. Agencies