Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth has recently announced that he will not contest the coming Lok Sabha polls nor will he support any political party.
In a statement on a letterhead of his fan club Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM), the actor informed his fans that his name or photograph should not be used by anyone seeking votes.
Rajinikanth to not contest Lok Sabha elections 2019
“I am not going to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections. Our target is Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. I am not going to support any party in the Lok Sabha elections. So nobody can use my photo or the RMM’s symbol in support of or in the campaign of any party,” Rajinkanth said.
He also appealed to his fans: “Tamil Nadu’s main problem in the coming elections will be water. Any party that will form a strong and stable government at the Centre and which can solve the water crisis of Tamil Nadu permanently through schemes and give an assurance to fulfil them should be given support and fans should vote on that basis.”
On 31 December, 2017 Rajinikanth announced his intention to enter politics. Though he is yet to float a political party, he has converted his fan clubs into Rajini Makkal Mandram, an outfit which has been instrumental in putting together a structure for what could ultimately be a party closer to elections.
On the professional front, after Petta, Rajinikanth will begin shooting for a movie in March, to be directed by A R Murugadoss.