Rajinikanth tweeted on Tuesday: “I see this as a warning given to me by the Lord. If I campaigned only through the media and social media after I started the party, I would not be able to create the political upheaval among people and win big in the elections. No one with political experience will deny this reality.”
In January, he had announced plans to launch his political party ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021.
He added in his tweet: “I will do what I can to serve the people without getting into electoral politics. I have never hesitated to speak the truth and I sincerely request the fans and the people of Tamil Nadu, who love truth and transparency, who care about my well-being, who love me and live for me, and the people of Tamil Nadu, to accept this decision of mine.”
He also cited the threat of coronavirus and the new Covid-19 mutant variant in his statement. He added that his organisation Rajini Makkal Mandram will function as usual.
Rajinikanth’s health scare followed the Annaatthedevelopment wherein four crew members tested Covid positive. “Superstar Rajinikanth and other crew members have tested negative,” producer Sun Pictures later said in a statement.
Following his discharge from hospital, the 70-year-old was advised complete bed rest for one week to help avoid stress in view of his post-kidney transplant status, labile hypertension and age.