South Indian film star Rajinikanth today announced that after a long consultation he has decided to enter politics.
The 67-year-old declared in Chennai that he will form a new party and contest all 234 seats of Tamil Nadu in the next assembly elections.
He said, the decision to contest the 2019 parliamentary elections will be taken at an appropriate time. His party, he said, would resign if it was unable to fulfil its electoral promises within three years of coming into power. The actor said he was not entering politics to seek power.
He said, “The Chief Minister’s post came to me long time ago, I kept away. I did not have the intention of getting the post of CM when I was in my 40s.” Rajinikanth said over the last few days, posters came up in Chennai that say if Rajinikanth takes the political plunge, he would be the next chief minister.
The BJP, which had given Rajinikanth an open offer to join, today congratulated him. Earlier party chief Amit Shah has said Rajinikanth was welcome to join the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met him during a visit to Chennai last month.