Rajini to announce political stance on Dec 31

Rajinikanth

"There are still issues related to politics, which make me reluctant about political entry", he said.

At the same time, he took two steps back by confessing: "I am hesitant to enter politics since I know its dynamics". He further added a rider. "I got delayed. Entering is equal to victory". "But when the war comes, let us encounter it. God is there!" he said.

In a short but focused speech, amidst rousing applause and cheers from the fans who were gathered, Rajinikanth said, "There is much speculation on whether I will join politics. And once you enter, you need to win", he said, to loud cheers from fans.

"I am not saying that I will come to politics".

In October this year, speaking at the inaugural of legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan's memorial in Chennai, Rajinikanth revealed that Haasan wanted him to join the new party he is forming. The actor, who met the members of his fans association after eight years in May this year, is set to interact with them again from December 26 to 31 at his Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Kodambakkam, Chennai.

The duo was sidelined by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam in a power struggle that began immediately after Jayalalithaa's death in December 2016.

The rumours about his political entry have been strong after the demise of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa, which has created a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu. Coming to Politics means succeeding.

The actor, meanwhile, is said to be conducting talks with several politicians between filming 2.0 and Kaala. In May, he said the "system is rotten" despite the presence of "efficient" leaders like DMK's MK Stalin - the son of Karunanidhi - and PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss. He also urged his fans to remain patient and not to exert pressure on him to announce his decision (on political entry) immediately.

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