Chennai, Feb 17 : Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday announced that he will not contest the coming Lok Sabha elections nor will he support any political party and appealed to his fans to vote for a party which will solve Tamil Nadu’s water issues.
He said that his party Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) will not be fielding candidates in the general elections. In a press release, RMM said it will not support any party and added that its focus will on next assembly elections.
Appealing to his fans, he said that he wants them to vote for a party which will solve Tamil Nadu’s water issues. As per the statement, RMM will not be supporting any political party in the upcoming elections. He also warned the media not to use his photograph or party symbol for any propaganda.
In a statement on a letterhead of his fan club Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM), he told his fans that his name or photograph should not be used by anyone seeking votes.
“I am not going to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections. Our target is Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. I am not going to support any party in the Lok Sabha elections. So nobody can use my photo or the RMM’s symbol in support of or in the campaign of any party,” Rajinkanth said.
The 68-year-old actor, who has worked in over 200 films, appealed to his fans: “Tamil Nadu’s main problem in the coming elections will be water. Any party that will form a strong and stable government at the Centre and which can solve the water crisis of Tamil Nadu permanently through schemes and give an assurance to fulfil them should be given support and fans should vote on that basis.”
There have been a lot of speculations whether Rajinikanth would enter politics and fight elections. He had sometime back hinted at entering politics actively to fulfil the political vacuum caused by the death of iconic leaders M. Karunanidhi and J. Jayalalithaa.
While announcing his entry into politics, Rajinkanth had said he would be able to provide “good” governance on the lines of what the late M.G. Ramachandran had done.