Superstar Rajinikanth is likely to announce his political debut on 31 December.
Between 26-31 December, Rajinikanth will hold public meetings with his fans every day and may flout his own political party on New Year’s Eve, said CNN News18.
The announcement was made after Rajinikanth met close aide Tamilaruvi Manian at his residence in Chennai on 22 December.
On any day from 26 December to 31 December, he (Rajinikanth) will disclose his plan of action, thereafter there will not be any doubt regarding his political entry. – Tamilaruvi Manian, Rajinikanth’s close friend
In November, the actor said he was in no hurry to enter politics or to start a political party.
After Kamal Haasan confirmed that he will join politics, all eyes have been on Rajinikanth, who enjoys a massive fan following in south India.
Kamal Haasan had earlier disclosed that he would like to work with Rajinikanth.
Here is what Tamilaruvi Manian told India Today during an exclusive chat with Akshaya Nath:
Q. We have learnt that Rajini sir will meet his fans on December 26. Will he make his political debut or announce about his entry.
A. Rajinikanth will meet his fans for six days, starting December 26. He will speak about his entry into politics during the session, there is no doubt over it. Apart from regular interaction with fans, there will be a photo session as well.
Q. Earlier Rajinikanth had said when he is ready for the battle he will come out. So is there any clarity on whether he is ready to face the battleground?
A. He will clarify everything on his own. I have no right to speak on behalf of Rajini ahead of his interaction with fans.
Q. Speculations have also been rife about Kamal Haasan joining politics, and it is just a matter of time before he starts his own party.
A. I don’t have any idea about Kamal Haasan’s entry into politics. He has not yet disclosed when he plans to launch his party. I believe he is still confused on whether to make a political debut or not. Even if he launches a party, what he is going to do further is a million dollar question.
Q. Do you think this is a good platform for Kamal Haasan?
A. If he launches a political party, he has three options before him. Firstly, he can join hands with Rajinikanth as it will be safer for him in his political journey. Second option for Kamal is to go with DMK as he has been vociferously criticising the ruling AIADMK government and its ministers. The last option is to fight alone but if Kamal chooses to contest by himself, he will meet the same fate as Sivaji Ganesan.
Tamilians adore Kamal Haasan as an actor but there is huge difference between him and Rajinikanth, as is the case between Sivaji and MGR.
It is, undoubtedly, better for Kamal to join hands with Rajinikanth as both AIADMK and DMK have in the last 50 years degenerated the political system in Tamil Nadu.
Q. So you believe Rajini can become another MGR?
A. There is no doubt about it because everyone loves him and feels he is part of their family. People don’t treat him only as an actor, but a one among them. He is extremely down to earth and the most kind-hearted person. With the support of his fans and followers, Rajinikanth will come to power.