Two days after he was discharged after being hospitalised for severe blood pressure fluctuations, superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday said he will neither enter politics nor launch a political party.
“I see this health complication (hospitalisation) as a warning given to me by God,” the actor said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Citing his health reasons and the COVID-19 crisis in a 3-page letter, which was also flashed on Twitter, Rajinikanth expressed fears over those accompanying him in his possible political journey facing ‘mental and economic’ problems in the due course.
The actor-turned-politician had said that he would give details of the party name on December 31 but before that he was admitted at Hyderabad hospital with high blood pressure.
Rajinikanth clearly stated that his inability to venture out and campaign during the pandemic is behind this decision.
“It is impossible to secure an uprising in politics and a big victory by solely depending on news media and social media for campaign after I start the political party. Those who have experience in politics will not deny this fact. I will have to go to the people for campaigning and meet thousands and lakhs of people. Even in a group of 120 people (crew of Annatthe), there was a coronavirus infection and I had to stay under doctors’ watch for three days,” the superstar said.
“Now this coronavirus has changed its form and is spreading as a variant strain. Even if the vaccine comes, if something happens to my health since I take immunosuppressants, then people who have trusted me and joined me will have to face several difficulties mentally and financially. Just because people will question me after I gave my word on my entry into politics, I don’t prefer to sacrifice my allies and friends,” Rajinikanth said in the statement.
“Forgive me because this decision will cause disappointment to those in Rajini Makkal Mandram and those who expected that I will enter politics,” Rajinikanth added.
He added that Rajini Makkal Mandram will continue to function as usual and that he bows down to the love and affection his fans have for him.
"For the past three years, Rajini Makkal Mandram officer-bearers worked with people in a controlled manner. I thank them all. When I met the office-bearers on November 30, they all told me that they will go by my decision. I will not forgot this in my lifetime," said the actor.
Rajinikanth thanked Tamilaruvi Manian for motivating him and urging him to take care of his health despite criticisms. He also expressed his gratitude to Arjunamoorthy for quitting his role from a national party and agreeing to join his party.
“Without entering electoral politics, I'll try my best to do service for the people,” he said. “I have never hesitated to speak the truth. Hence I request my fans, Tamil people to accept my decision,” he said.
True. But years back #Rajinikanth had his career responsibilities as a crowd pulling versatile actor. The way TN politics is getting murky, he would have taken this decision after lot of study of the present day politics. Good for him & bad for TN.
Jai Hind. https://t.co/StaRqZbgpP
— P.Uday Shankar (@udaygeeth) December 29, 2020
Rajinikanth had earlier entrusted party work with Tamilaruvi Manian, who will oversee the affairs of the party and Arjunamoorthy, who was appointed chief coordinator. Tamilaruvi Manian is a former Congressman and the Gandhi Makkal Iyakkam leader while Arjunamoorthy was the head of the intellectual cell of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit.
— Rahul Srinivasan (@RahulBeckham) December 29, 2020
The actor's announcement comes after he was hospitalised on Christmas Day in Hyderabad after suffering from severe hypertension and exhaustion. He was discharged two days later on December 27 with his doctors advising him to take complete bed rest for a week, maintain limited physician activity, avoid stress and abstain from undertaking activities that would put him at risk of contracting COVID-19.
I was intuitive of this after his health news broke.
At his age God forbid if something goes wrong with him immediately after party launch.
He will neither be able to meet political objectives and vl cause differences in his fans from across the ideologyies.
— Children's Health (@childrenshealth) December 29, 2020
The advisory was based on the superstar’s health history of being a post-transplant patient, having hypertension and considering his age.
Brother I'm not thalaivar bakthan like you but love him as a human n tamil nadu n know more about politics
Normal people like me want a change
He gave us hope but broke our heart
But yes I respect him still
— Vijay Kumar (@BVVijayKumar1) December 29, 2020
With inputs from The News Minute, News18, PTI