Rajinikanth likely to announce political party by July-end, says actor’s brother

Bengaluru: Rajinikanth is expected to announce his political ambitions by the end of July, says the veteran actor’s brother.

Satyanarayana Rao Gaikwad, who lives in Bengaluru, has been quoted by The Times of India as saying: “It is the people’s wish that Rajinikanth should enter politics. He has just ended the first round of consultation with his fans and well-wishers who were urging him to take the plunge.”

Last week, political parties in Tamil Nadu welcomed Rajinikanth’s hints that he may join politics at an appropriate time but cautioned him that it may not be all that easy in public life.

The parties felt that in a democracy anybody has the right to enter public life but added that only when he (Rajinikanth) takes the step he will know how difficult it is to survive in politics.

“He wants to meet as many fans as possible before firming up his plans. With the response being overwhelming, the outcome would be hopefully positive and Tamil Nadu will usher in a new era in politics,” said the daily quoted Satyanarayana as saying.

He added that the key aim behind the move to enter politics was Rajini’s intent to cleanse corruption in public life. “The government’s coffers are plush with money, but it is not reaching the poor while welfare schemes are not benefiting the needy,” Rao added.

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