Tamil Nadu: Will he or won’t he? That is the question doing rounds in political circles in Tamil Nadu. All eyes are on Rajinikanth ever since he announced on December 31, 2017, that he would enter politics, float his political party and contest in the 2021 Assembly Elections. However, with months to go for the elections in the state, suspended Congress leader and Rajini sympathiser Karate Thiagarajan has reignited the issue.

Addressing presspersons today, he said, “Rajinikanth will float his political party in six months. There is no doubt that he would contest the 2021 Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu and capture power.” He added that there is a vacuum in Tamil Nadu after the demise of former Chief Ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. Rajinikanth will fill the void, Thiagarajan noted.

This has enthused Rajinikanth’s cadres. Speaking to us, a source close to the actor said, “All efforts are in the right direction. We don’t know whether it will happen in six months or a year. Thalaivar has to decide. We are working on a membership drive. Members to booth committees are being appointed. Rajini Makkal Manram has been working for people. During the recent cyclone, we helped the needy. Now, wherever people face water shortage, we provide them with water from Rajini Makkal Manram.”

The source adds that Rajinikanth has been taking cautious steps. “He knows what to do and when to do it. Rajinikanth has held detailed discussions with people from various walks of lives. He is in touch with ground realities. Whenever he arrives, he would come as a strong force.”

Denying allegations that he is BJP’s B-team, his loyalists say that he has been maintaining equal distance from all parties. He will practise spiritual politics but will be secular in approach. Be it NEET, Jallikattu, Sterlite, Hindi imposition, Rajinikanth had come out with his comments loud and clear, they add. “He is busy with Darbar, directed by AR Murugadoss. Maybe he would do one more film before he takes a political plunge,” say sources.

Remember in December 2017, Rajinikanth called his political entry as a compulsion of time. He categorically said that he was not entering politics for money or power, but to serve people and revive democratic values. “If I were hungry for power, I would have entered politics in 1996,” the actor had said.

Rajinikanth urged his fans not to talk about politics or comment about other parties until his party is ready. He said that the first task was to get many of his unregistered fan clubs registered with the parent body. Politics in the country has gone very wrong. We are going to change the system, be transparent, spiritual politics, he had mentioned.

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