By K.Manikandan

CHENNAI: Ending the long-prevailed suspense, Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday confirmed his entry into politics, adding that he will be contesting in the next state assembly elections by forming a new party.

“My political entry is definite. This is a long-pending decision. I will feel guilty if I don’t take this decision at least now. In next assembly elections, I will form a party and will contest all constituencies in Tamil Nadu,” Rajinikanth said while addressing a gathering at the Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam here.

Addressing fans here on the valedictory of a six-day-long meet, the actor said he will launch a political party which will 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 and only good will happen,” will be the guiding slogan, he said.

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.”

Hitting out at the current state of politics, Rajinikanth called for a complete change in democratic system, and urged for a more honest and transparent system to emerge.

“Democracy is in a bad shape right now, and all other states have been making fun of us (Tamil Nadu). In the name of democracy, politicians are robbing us of our own money on our own land. We need to bring a change from the base. It is not an easy task, but can be made possible through the support of the people and blessings of the almighty,” he said.

Announcing his entry into electoral politics as a ‘guardian of the protectors of democracy’, Rajinikanth expressed fear of the media, and remembered late actor, humourist and political analyst, Chao Ramaswamy, on this occasion.

“I don’t fear entering politics, but I fear the media. I am still a child in this context. I need to be more active and alert on the media. Cho sir had already warned me about the same. Today, I miss him a lot; he would have given me more strength for this new beginning,” he said.

Fame, money not enough to succeed in politics: Rajinikanth

Earlier, Rajinikanth was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the memorial for legendary Tamil actor Sivaji Ganesan. Kamal Haasan also shared the dais with him.

Taking a dig at actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who is on the verge of taking a political plunge, superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday said it takes more than just name, fame and money to succeed in politics.

“If you have to succeed in politics, it takes more than just fame and money. Something bigger is needed to transform an actor into a politician. I hope Kamal Haasan (knows) what it is,” Rajinikanth said, speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the memorial for legendary Tamil actor Sivaji Ganesan. Kamal Haasan also shared the dais with him.

“Kamal would have told me what it is had I asked him two months ago. Today, he says he will show me if I come with him,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Haasan took a jibe at the AIADMK government for the delay in inaugurating Ganesan’s memorial. “We need not request or beg anyone to unveil Sivaji’s statue. His popularity and influence goes beyond cinema and politics. I would have attended this event no matter who opposed my presence.”

The then tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam inaugurated the memorial. In 2015, then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had announced that a memorial would be built in memory of Ganesan, who ruled the Tamil filmdom since 1950s.

A recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke award, Ganesan starred in over 300 films in his illustrious career.

A bronze statue of the thespian, removed from Kamarajar Salai following a court directive earlier this year, was unveiled on the occasion.

Ganesan’s son Prabhu, a popular actor, said, “The memorial was Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) dream. I’m happy it’s coming to reality now. Appa (father) has done so much for the Tamil audience through his movies. This is the best honour he could get.”

‘If Rajinikanth enters politics, he will do only good for the people’, Wife Lata about his entry in politics

Earlier in May, Rajinikanth revealed that he is looking forward to making a debut in politics.

Rajinikanth’s wife predicted that when Rajini enters politics, the public should expect a lot of change. She wasn’t sure when this that might be as she says that only he can say when he’s ready to enter the politics. Earlier in May, Rajinikanth revealed that he is looking forward to making a debut in politics. The 66-year-old actor dropped a series of cryptic references to his plans and indirectly asked his fans to be ready for the war against a rotten and corrupt political system in Tamil Nadu. He also revealed that he is in talks with different political parties about his political endeavours.

Apart from Rajinikanth, superstar Kamal Haasan also announced his debut into active politics. Haasan, who claims that the current Tamil Nadu government AIADMK is driven entirely by selfish motives, has clearly indicated his plans. He said that he’s ready to serve as Chief Minister and committing to finding ‘youth and fresh faces’ and crowd funding for a political entity. He also states that he could get inspire from the learnings of the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP. Last month, Kamal Haasan invited AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal at his Chennai home for lunch. The actor said that he could inspire in some of AAP’s political start-up culture. But he refused any formal tie-up with the outfit. Kamal Haasan also didn’t indicate when he will make his entry into politics.

Both the superstars made appearance together at a couple of public events recently, one of which celebrated Tamil Nadu’s main opposite party, the DMK. Haasan earlier claimed that ‘Saffron is not his colour’, indicating that he will avert any affiliation with BJP. Whereas, Rajinikanth asked public to support PM Modi’s Clean India Campaign.