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Veteran Actor Rajnikanth Calls Off Decision To Form Political Party

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday announced that he was going to withdraw his decision to launch a political party and that he will not enter politics. "I regret to inform that I am not going to launch a political party," he said, reported news agency PTI. "I will serve people in whatever ways I can without entering electoral politics," he said.

In this latest U-turn in his political saga, the actor has given the reason for this decision to be his health conditions. This announcement comes two days after he was discharged from the hospital after suffering from severe hypertension and exhaustion. 

In a three page statement he posted on Twitter, Rajnikanth expresses his grief behind the decision and says that after his recent hospitalisation, he believed that it was a warning given to him by God to not go ahead with his decision to join politics. 

This final statement came exactly three days after he had a closed meeting with his supporters, asking their opinion on his active political entry, and suggesting that he would launch his own party. If Rajnikanth had launched his party as previously announced, this would have been the first time Tamil Nadu would witness ‘spiritual politics’. He said his party would be non-casteist.

“Only I know the pain of announcing this decision,” he said, adding that he will serve people without entering electoral politics. The 70-year-old actor was expected to float his political party in January 2021, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

After being discharged on December 27th after his blood pressure stabilized, he was advised to take complete bed rest for a week by doctors and to maintain limited physical activity. He is told to avoid stress and abstain from undertaking activities that could put him at risk of contracting Covid-19.