#CHENNAI A day after announcing his entry into politics, superstar Rajinikanth on Monday launched a website and an app inviting people to register themselves in his campaign to bring about political change in Tamil Nadu.
Rajinikanth uploaded a one-minute video in which he extended New Year greetings and thanked all those who supported his entry into politics.
“I have created a web page — www.rajinimanram.org — where members of my registered fans associations and unregistered associations and people who want a good change in Tamil Nadu politics can register with their names and voter ID to coordinate ourselves. Let us bring a good change in Tamil Nadu. Hail Tamil people and Tamil Nadu,” he said in the video, which had a logo made famous by him in his superhit film Baba, with the words “Truth, Labour, Elevation”.
Accusing political parties of “looting” the people, Rajinikanth on Sunday said he will float a new party that will pursue “spiritual politics” and vowed to contest the next TN Assembly elections.
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.
May not fare well, says DMK
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has played down Rajinikanth’s announcement of joining politics and said the actor would not fare well in it as he was aligning with the BJP. “He has knowingly or unknowingly created a perception that he is aligned with the BJP or rather the BJP is aligning with him,” DMK spokesperson A Saravanan said, and added that the BJP too has sent out a similar message.
“People will certainly not be very enthusiastic about it because they may like Rajinikanth as an individual person, but if he is going to create the perception that will be difficult for the people of Tamil Nadu to accept. We know how the BJP has been faring well in the state of Tamil Nadu and how the BJP has always given Tamil Nadu a step-motherly treatment,” Saravanan opined.
Saravanan also commented on Rajinikanth’s statement regarding the need for spiritual politics sans caste and religion barriers. “In the land of the Dravidian ideology which has ruled the roost for the last 50 years, how this spiritual politics will take place is again a big question mark,” he said.