- Will decide on 2019 elections once dates are announced: Rajinikanth
- Superstar had announced his political foray on last day of last year
- Had declared he would contest next Tamil Nadu elections due in 2021
On the last day of last year, the 67-year-old announced that he would take a plunge into politics. The decision has exhilarated fans, who had been waiting for years for the Thalaiva (boss) to play the hero in a different field.
At the time, Rajinikanth had said his party would contest from all seats in Tamil Nadu in the next assembly elections. The decision to contest the 2019 parliamentary elections will be taken at an appropriate time, he had said.
Nearly five months down the line, his answer is clearer. "The decision for contesting elections in 2019 will be taken at the time when the elections are announced," Rajinikanth told reporters. "The party is not yet launched, but we are ready for anything".
There was also an afterthought: "It is too early to talk about any kind of alliance," he added.
Rajinikanth's assertion that he would opt for "spiritual politics" has fueled speculation about a right-leaning outfit, despite the superstar's explanation that all he meant was politics based on "honesty and truthfulness".
Rajinikanth has repeatedly tried to scotch the speculation. In March, after returning from a two-week spiritual tour, he said, "People keep saying the BJP is behind me. That is not true. Only God and the people are behind me".
The actor is yet to give a date for the launch of his party - although he did say that speculation about Tamil New Year, April 14, being the D-Day was completely off the mark. Quizzed by reporters about a possible date, he had said, "I myself do not know".