Tamil movie actor Rajinikanth today met senior office bearers of his forum, the Rajini Makkal Mandram, and said he "will announce my decision soon" on his plans for electoral politics. His announcement came in the backdrop of doctors advising him against entering politics.
"District office bearers expressed their opinions. They have said they will agree to whatever decision I take. I will announce my decision as soon as possible," the 69-year-old told reporters today outside his Poes Garden residence in Chennai. He was speaking after meeting the district secretaries of the Rajini Makkal Mandram today at the actor's Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in the city.
The actor has not set any time frame to make his decision known to the public.
Last month, the actor had hinted that his long-awaited entry to electoral politics may be delayed. A letter attributed to him cited doctors' concern over campaigning during the pandemic and the potential impact on Rajinikanth's health. The letter seemed to indicate the actor had been advised to restrict travel since he has a kidney condition and could be vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.
The veteran actor later said the letter was "not mine but the doctor's advice is true".
Suspense over Rajinikanth's electoral debut comes just months before the Tamil Nadu Assembly election, to be held in April-May 2021. It will be the first since the death of the state's two most powerful politicians - J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK and MK Karunanidhi, leaving a power vacuum to be filled.