Rajinikanth backs out of politics after 'warning given by God'

Hyderabad - He posted a letter on his Twitter handle explaining his decision.


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Published: Tue 29 Dec 2020, 1:38 PM

In an anti-climax to his much-awaited political plunge, Southern superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday announced his decision to back out citing his health condition. He even described it as a sign from God to not pursue it further.

In a letter posted on his Twitter handle, Rajinikanth said despite severe precautions taken at the shooting of Annatthe, four persons tested positive for coronavirus. The actor said while he tested negative for coronavirus, his blood pressure fluctuated and hence he was hospitalised in Hyderabad.

Rajinikanth said doctors had advised him that fluctuating blood pressure would affect his transplanted kidney. 

He said the movie shooting got postponed resulting in the loss of crores of rupees and jobs for many. "All because of my health condition. I am looking at this as a warning given to me by God," Rajinikanth said.

The actor also said it is not possible to bring out an uprising amongst the people by campaigning via social media after floating a party. "I have to address public meetings, meet lakhs of people," he said.

According to him, even in a group of 120 persons (movie shooting team) he was in hospital for three days owing to some people testing positive for coronavirus. And now there is a new virus mutant. Rajinikanth said as he is taking immunosuppressants, anti-coronavirus vaccine may not be effective and if his health gets affected his fellow political passengers might face various problems.

"Hence with much regret I am saying that I am not in a position to start a political party and enter politics. Only I know the pain when I announce this," Rajinikanth said.

 He also tendered his apologies to his fans and others who would be disappointed with his decision of not entering politics. The actor said without entering politics he will serve people.

On December 31, 2017, Rajinikanth had announced his decision to float a political party to practice 'spiritual politics' and contest all 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu in 2021.

The actor said at that time that his entry into politics was a "compulsion of time" since the country's politics had gone wrong.

Rajinikanth had remarked that while earlier kings would invade other countries and loot them, nowadays political parties were looting their own people under the guise of democracy. The system needed a change, he added.

 After 2017, Rajinikanth voiced his views on some issues. In the wake of anti-Sterlite Copper smelter plant protest in Tuticorin and killing of 13 persons in police firing, he said that Tamil Nadu would turn into a graveyard if protests were held for everything.

Later, he said that he was not a mouthpiece of the BJP and attempts were being made to paint him in saffron.

With Tuesday's announcement, Rajinikanth has downed the curtains on his political plunge.

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