“No plans of entering politics in future”, is what Rajinikanth said as he announced dissolving Rajini Makkal Mandram, his political outfit. With his announcement, the dreams of several thousands of his fans of him holding a political position came to a shattering end. Earlier last year, the megastar had announced his deteriorating health was a sign of God for not entering into politics then.
Ending the ‘will he, won’t he’ speculations raised by millions of his fans, megastar actor Rajinikanth today reiterated that he has no plans of entering into the future and also announced that he has dissolved his political outfit – the Rajini Makkal Mandra, effectively today.
"I don't have plans to enter politics in future," says actor Rajinikanth, dissolves Rajini Makkal Mandram pic.twitter.com/updoKb5HnY
— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2021
Political Outfit to turn into Fans Welfare Forum
The 70-year-old Thalapathi actor met the members of his political outfit for one last time officially and then spoke to the media where he was quoted saying, “I have no plans of entering politics in future.” The political outfit was launched in 2018 and after its dissolvement it will be called the “Rajinikanth Rasigar Narpani Mandram” roughly translated into the Rajnikanth Fans Welfare Forum.
"I have decided to dissolve Rajini Makkal Mandram. The office-bearers of the Rajinikanth Makkal Mandram would continue to be part of the Rajinikanth Fan Club Association that will involve itself in public service," says Rajinikanth
— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2021
Meeting Fuels Speculation on Political Entry
On Monday, July 12, Rajinikanth was seen by the reporters leaving for a meeting where he told the reporters that he will be discussing the future of his political outfit and other several pertinent questions on his political entry.
“There is a question of if I am coming to politics or not in the future. I will discuss all these and share with you,”
he told reporters. He also said that he couldn’t hold a meeting yet because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the elections, his shooting commitments and a medical check-up which was due in the United States of America.
After the news broke, several news forums reported that his meeting was an hint of him getting into the political landscape.
However, post the conclusion of the meeting, the 70-year-old veteran actor was quoted saying-
“I have decided to dissolve Rajini Makkal Mandram. Its office-bearers would continue to be part of the Rajinikanth Fan Club Association that will involve itself in public service.”
December 3 – Rajini Announces Contesting for Elections
Earlier on December 3, 2020, the actor had announced that he will be contesting in the Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2021. But he quashed all the hopes of his fans and claimed that he will not be joining politics. He said that his health concerns ahead of the elections were a sign of God signaling him to avoid pasturing into the political grasslands.
“Please forgive me”: Rajini reacts after suffering from Health Crisis
For the unversed, the South Indian megastar was hospitalized only for a brief period after he was done shooting a film where a crew had tested COVID-19 positive. After this hospitalization, he was quoted giving a statement which read-
“With extreme sadness I say that I can’t enter politics. I alone know the pain I went through while announcing this decision. Without entering electoral politics, I will serve the people. This decision of mine will disappoint my fans and people but please forgive me.”
“Don’t pain me again and again”: Rajini to Fans Protesting
However, given his huge following that extends to the international levels, he found himself pressurized into considering his decision into politics. Further, several of his fans also started protesting and had put up posters to make him rethink his decision. At that time, he asked his protesting fans to put the matter to rest and not pain him “again and again”.
With Rajinikanth’s final nail into the coffin on the matter of his political ambitions, one must look back and take a look at ‘what could’ve been’. Many of his fans believed that his political party could’ve played a greater role in the resent 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections.