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Rajinikanth Announces He’ll Contest Next Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu 'Whenever They are Held'

Rajinikanth is yet to formally announce his political party, with his fan club Rajini Makkal Mandram acting as a pre-cursor to the party. The club has already applied for a trademark for a television channel, a staple for major political parties in Tamil Nadu.

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Updated:April 19, 2019, 9:46 PM IST
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Chennai: Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Friday announced he will fight the next Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, saying he doesn’t want to disappoint his followers.

The actor, who joined politics in 2017, had stayed away from the ongoing general elections, leading to questions about his political future at a time when fellow actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) fielded candidates for the 18 Assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu.

“Whenever the state assembly elections happen, I'm ready to face them. I don’t want to disappoint my followers; no change in my stand,” the actor-politician said.

He, however, ducked a question on whether Narendra Modi will return as PM, saying, “We will get to know on May 23.”

Rajinikanth is yet to formally announce his political party, with his fan club Rajini Makkal Mandram acting as a pre-cursor to the party. The club has already applied for a trademark for a television channel, a staple for major political parties in Tamil Nadu.

Announcing his political plunge amid fans in December 2017, Rajinikanth had said he would contest in all the 234 assembly segments in Tamil Nadu in the next elections.

Though the next assembly poll is due in 2021, the stability of the AIADMK government in the state depends on the May 23 outcome of bypolls to 18 Assembly seats in the state.

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