Free to join other parties: Team Rajinikanth

Free to join other parties: Team Rajinikanth

Days after Rajinikanth opted out of politics citing his health, his team has said members of his Rajini Makkal Mandram are free to resign and join other parties. The statement comes after some district chiefs of the megastar's outfit joined Tamil Nadu's main opposition party DMK today.
"They shouldn't forget they are always Rajini fans even if they join other parties," the Rajini Makkal Mandram said today.

The assertion was read by many as a sign that the BJP can no longer count on Rajinikanth's support, tacitly or otherwise, in the Tamil Nadu election to be held in a few months. Some in the BJP, which has an alliance with the state's ruling AIADMK, had hoped the megastar would support the party even after bowing out of active politics.

Rajinikanth, 70, on the brink of launching his political party, announced last month that he would not join politics after all. This was after he was hospitalized briefly for blood pressure fluctuations in Hyderabad, where his film shoot was stopped because of Covid infections among the crew.

Two days after his discharge from hospital, he put out a statement saying: "With extreme sadness, I say that I can't enter politics. I alone know the pain I went through while announcing this decision. Without entering electoral politics, I will serve the people. This decision of mine will disappoint my fans and people but please forgive me."

He added: "My hospitalization was a warning given by God. My campaign will impact health amid the pandemic."