Actor turned politician Rajinikanth on Thursday once again created a buzz around his political entry, however, he has no interest in being Tamil Nadu’s chief minister and prefers to remain the head of his prospective party and lead it towards power.
Addressing fans, members of the Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) and the media, at the Leela Palace hotel in Chennai on Thursday Rajinikanth said, “I have never wanted to be Chief Minister. In fact, I can’t even think of sitting in the Assembly and going through those proceedings.”
“I will be the party chief, and the CM will be someone who is educated. He will be a person who can govern. And the party chief will be like an opposition leader, we will be the first to question if anything wrong happens. We will not interfere with the governance, there will not be two parallel power centres,” he said further.
Rajinikanth took no questions after making his statement. He did not name his upcoming party, or reveal the date of its launch. However, he made it clear that when his party is launched, he will only be the chief of the party.
“We will have someone young with ambition, drive, good social thinking, self-respect as CM,” the actor said, that he will bring in people with a good reputation, include judges and IAS officers and infuse new blood into politics. “I will be an instrument for this. I have worked in cinemas industry for 40 years and I hope the name I’ve earned will help in this,” he added.
Previously, Rajinikanth announced his decision to enter politics on New Year’s Eve in 2017. Politics and cinema go hand-in-hand in Tamil Nadu, three former film industry professionals, MG Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa have been voted to power in the state.
Assembly elections are going to take place in Tamil Nadu next year are still largely seen as a contest between the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK party. With Rajinikanth coming in the picture it will be a three-way fight.