Chennai: Legendary actor Rajinikanth on Monday rebuffed the rumours of his political entry, saying that he is dissolving his fan club outfit, Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM), that had been acting as a precursor to his political party. The announcement was made after his meeting with RMM members to discuss its future.
“I had thought of starting a political party and getting involved in politics. But the timing was such that it was not possible. I have no intention of getting involved in politics in the future, so I kindly inform you that the Rajini Makkal Mandram will function as a fan charity forum for the benefit of the people,” Rajinikanth said in the statement. The secretaries, associates, deputy secretaries and executive committee members in the RMM will continue for the time being, he said.
RMM was previously considered a launch vehicle for the actor’s political entry. However, last December the actor said he would not join politics and had cited factors like his health condition, him undergoing kidney transplant in 2016.
The actor, who returned from America days ago after a health check-up told reporters: “Should the Makkal Mandram be continued and if so, what will be its functions and these are questions among the functionaries and fans.
“There are also questions as to whether or not I am going to come to politics in future,” he said, adding he would consult Mandram functionaries and then spell out the outcome of the deliberations.
On December 3, 2020, the actor had said that he would launch his party in January 2021 ahead of the Assembly elections. However, during the last week of December last year, he did a u-turn and announced that he would not join politics.
Since then, several functionaries had joined political parties including the DMK.