Tamil superstar Rajinikanth will not launch political party

In news that has shocked political circles in India, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has announced he will not be launching a political party on December 31, as previously announced.

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The news comes a day after the actor was discharged from a hospital in Hyderabad where he was admitted for two nights following fluctuations in his blood pressure.

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He flew home to Chennai on December 28 and was told to take bed rest for a week and take further care of his hypertension.

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In a long statement posted on his Twitter account, the actor wrote in Tamil: “With profound sadness I have to announce that I won’t enter politics. I alone know the pain I have experienced 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.”

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The actor also stated that he took his ill health as a sign and an indication to quit politics.

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“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,” he further wrote.

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The actor has, however, stated that he will continue to support the people of Tamil Nadu.

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Rajinikanth, who turned 70 on December 12, has had a stressful month. Days after members of his film unit testing positive for COVID-19, Rajinikanth tested negative and went into isolation. However, his blood pressure fluctuations resulted in a hospital stay.

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Upon discharge, doctors stated in view of his post-transplant status, labile hypertension and age, he had to undergo regular monitoring of blood pressure. He was also advised to undertake minimal physical activity and to avoid stress.

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