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Health reasons, pandemic: Full text of Rajinikanth’s letter on not entering politics

Rajinikanth expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | December 29, 2020 2:27:49 pm
Rajinikanth, Rajinikanth fans, protest against Rajinikanth leaving politics, Rajinikanth party, rajinikanth party name, Rajini Makkal Mandram, Tamil nadu news, Chennai, India news, Indian expressActor Rajinikanth was hospitalised recently due to his fluctuating blood pressure. (Express photo)

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the pandemic situation. In a three-page statement on Twitter, the actor expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021.

Here’s the full text:

Heartfelt greetings to my beloved people of Tamil Nadu,

After announcing that my political party will start in January, I went to attend the shooting of ‘Annaatthe’ in Hyderabad despite the advice of doctors. The Film Unit consisted around 120 people who daily underwent Covid Tests, isolated themselves from each other, wore face masks & shields and much more. Inspite of the various precautionary measures taken, 4 people from the crew came in contact with the virus. The shooting was immediately called off by the Director & everyone present there were tested, including me.

My test results were negative, but my blood pressure was not stable and constantly fluctuating. As per my medical conditions, I should not have constant fluctuations in blood pressure, as it would severely affect my transplanted kidney. Therefore, under the supervision & advice of my doctors, I was hospitalized for three days.

Considering my health, our film’s producer Mr Kalanithi Maran postponed the rest of the shoot.

I consider this as a warning given to me by the Lord.

Let’s see.

After I started the party, the political governance I am aiming for, cannot be granted merely through campaigns done in Press & Social Media platforms alone. No one with political experience will deny the fact. I will have to meet people, attend meetings and go on campaigns that would hamper my health.

When Corona exposure took place in a group of 120 people, I was hospitalized for three days and had to be under surveillance. Now, this Corona Virus has transformed and a second wave is coming in a new form. Though Covid Vaccines may be available, I have been taking Immuno Suppressants to maintain good health, due to which I may get unwell during the course of attending meetings & election campaigns. Then, people who trust me and travel along in this political journey would be both mentally and financially affected.

Even if my health is at stake, I will definitely go ahead with my political journey. I do not wish to disappoint the people who joined the party and held their support to it.

To the members of Rajini Makkal Mandram, fans and people who were expecting me to start a political party, I did not intend to disappoint you. Kindly forgive me.

For the last 3 years, the party and its members have be following my instructions sincerely. Even during the Corona Lockdown, you went ahead to help people in need, following all safety precautions and consistently served the people. Your good deeds will definitely come back to you and your family.

When I met you for the last time on November 30th, you all had only one concern in your mind, “Your health is the most important thing for us and whatever decision you will take, we will stand by you”. These words are etched in my heart forever and I am forever indebted for the love and affection you have showered upon me. ‘Rajini Makkal Mandram’ will function as always.

My heartfelt thanks to Mr. Tamilaruvi Maniyan for being supportive and concerned about my health for the past 3 years and writing about the same inspite of facing criticism. I am grateful to the esteemed Mr. Arjuna Moorthy, who resigned his post from a reputed political party and joined forces with mine. Without contesting for the elections this year, I will do whatever it takes to help the people with their needs.

I have never hesitated to speak the truth. Your truth and transparency, in my well-being & your love and care for me, will make me live. My beloved fans and the people of Tamil Nadu made this decision of mine and I kindly request that you accept the same.

Long Live the people Tamil Nadu!

May Tamilnadu Flourish!!

Jai Hind!!!

Sincerely,

Rajinikanth

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