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Rajinikanth to launch party: ‘Time to change the system. We have to create spiritual politics’

Rajinikanth: "... democracy is at high risk. Whatever happened in the last one year in Tamil Nadu has put everyone mute in their shame. If I don’t take a decision at this moment, there is no more change."

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: December 31, 2017 8:50 pm
Rajinikanth announces his entry into politics: Top quotes Rajinikanth at Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai. (Source: Express photo)

Actor Rajinikanth on Sunday announced that his entry into politics is certain. Saying that it has become the necessity of time, Rajinikanth, who was addressing his fans at Raghavendra Mandapam in Chennai, said his new political outfit will contest independently from all 234 constituencies in the state.

He added that he will not contest in the upcoming local body polls, but will be in the race for the next Lok Sabha polls.

His decision is likely to have an impact similar to the time when Captain Vijayakanth contested elections in 2005, challenging the vote base of many smaller parties in Tamil Nadu. Rajnikanth’s entry could also hurt DMK’s political ambitions in the long run.

And this is not going to end with Rajini. Come January, Kamal Haasan, who is expected to return from United States in a few days, is also expected to launch his party as he had announced earlier.

Rajnikanth fans celebrated outside the function hall in Chennai. (Source: Express photo)

Addressing his fans on Sunday, Rajinikanth said if he was a power-monger, he could have taken this decision at the age of 45. “Something which I did not have at the age of 45 cannot be there at 68. But here, the democracy is at high risk. Whatever happened in the last one year in Tamil Nadu has put everyone mute in their shame. If I don’t take a decision at this moment, there is no more change,” he said. Rajinikanth said he is entering politics not for power or fame. “If my decision is for money and fame, I should be a mad person, I shouldn’t be a spiritual person,” he said.

Saying that it is time to change the system, Rajinikanth said he is here to create politics that is based on spirituality.

“It’s time for political change. Time to change the system. We have to create a spiritual politics with no caste and religion barriers,” the actor said.

He said every other government is looting people these days. “We need to change the system. I want cadres who guard the people. I want a police who do not work as slaves for political bosses. I need an army. And I will be the guard representing people to look after these,” he said.

Rajinikanth fans pose outside the function hall in Chennai. (Source: Express photo)

Announcing his political entry, Rajinikanth said his strength is his own fans associations. “My recognised fans associations are there in every place. But there are thousands of fans associations which are not recognised too. In the coming days, we need to bring all of them together,” he said.

If he is elected to form a government and fails to keep his word, Rajinikanth said, he will resign after three years.

His speech today, on the sixth day of a fan meet-and-greet at Raghavendra Mandapam, a marriage auditorium owned by Rajinikanth, has triggered celebrations by Rajinikanth fans across the state.

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  1. JosephMumbai Mumbai
    Dec 31, 2017 at 9:50 pm
    Rajni is a descent man, he loves Tamilnadu and it's people, he loves India. Tamilians deserve the best. We wish Rajni well.
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    1. Jigsaw Kemerton
      Jan 1, 2018 at 2:11 am
      Yes he is a 'descent man' - a descent from monkey!
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      1. Sujatha Selvam
        Jan 1, 2018 at 11:36 am
        If he is so decent man, why don't you make him Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr JosephMumbaiji? He is going to face the worst experience of his life, just wait and see. He will run to the mountain again. We dravidian people make drag him out, first from our heart and then from our state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu belongs to Tamils only and no Maharashtrian can rule us.
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        1. HOLEY FATHER
          Jan 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm
          the real ruler of tamil nadu is JESOOS. and he is not even tamilian or dravidian.
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      2. Jigsaw Kemerton
        Dec 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm
        Stupid moron. He cannot even mention 'developmental politics' because this thicko has no idea of what it takes to bring about socio-economic development. Another saffron-hugging Barbarian in the making. He has cleverly manipulated using Tamil sentiment to his own advantage. Selfish leech.
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        1. Devendra Mohanty
          Dec 31, 2017 at 8:45 pm
          Sounds like a packaged version of BJP ( Hindutva) politics. Spiritually in Politics! Is he going to be a front for BJP in TN. If that is the case, people will look forward to Kamal Hasan.
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          1. nagarnaru1
            Dec 31, 2017 at 7:21 pm
            The hold of the MEAT MAFIA and the MNC CHEMICAL COMPANY MAFIA is so strong in our Central and State Govts that no CM or PM of India will have the courage or honesty to implement ORGANIC FARMING by banning all poisonous AGRO CHEMICALS. Several of our MPs and Central Ministers are in the PAYROLL of Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, DOW and such other multinational thieves. Our Home Minister is falling at the feet of the INTERNATIONAL FRAUDSTER - Bill Gates praying him to save our Education System!! Our PM is bowing before the Pepsi 'Witch Indira Nooyi'. How do you expect a Rajnikant or any other India leader to take such bold steps?
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            1. No To Klein
              Dec 31, 2017 at 7:26 pm
              wake up, it os 2018. there are 7.2 billion people who need to be fed. i do not think landmass in earth has increased?
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            2. gopal goshala
              Dec 31, 2017 at 7:15 pm
              {'Spiritual politics' means the guts to introduce Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation in Schools Colleges} (Spiritual Politics requires the 'doughty character' to rescue our 'farming' from the 'Agro Chemical Mafia' and the 'meat mafia' by becoming fully organic - like the honest Sikkim CM has done.) [Spiritual Politics entails a bold implementation of 'stringent bans' on 'alcohol', 'Tobacco','Public Slaughter houses' and 'Meat Shops'] IS RAJNIKANT BOLD ENOUGH TO IMPLEMENT THE ABOVE TO PROVE HE IS A SPIRITUAL POLITICIAN?
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