"I will announce my stand on entering politics on December 31", the actor said while addressing his fans beginning a six-day interaction with them in Chennai. "I know what are the losses one incurs in politics, that is why I am reluctant", Rajini said.
However, he said, this does not mean that he would enter politics, but that he would announce his stance on politics on the last day of 2017. Given current leaderless situation in Tamilnadu, his fans feel this is the right time for Rajini to debut in politics. God willing, if I ever decide to join politics I will do it for the welfare of people and not to make money.
Will Rajinikanth be able to fill the political vacuum in Tamil Nadu after the death of J Jayalalithaa? "I will tell you what I will be deciding". I will come to politics if that benefits the people. "And once you enter, you need to win", he said, to loud cheers from fans.
Rajinikanth, who has dominated southern films like a colossus for the past four decades and enjoys nearly demigod-like status among his legion of followers, is expected to announce his political debut on the last day. Rajinikanth said that Haasan knows what a successful politician requires. In May, he said the "system is rotten" despite the presence of "efficient" leaders like DMK's MK Stalin - the son of Karunanidhi - and PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss.
Being vocal about State politics as early as 1996, rumours of Rajinikanth's political entry have being doing the rounds repeatedly.
The other person who met the superstar also said that Rajinikanth will enter politics but not soon. The superstar had first given a hint of making a political entry in August this year.
In a short but focused speech, amidst rousing applause and cheers from the fans who were gathered, Rajinikanth said, "There is much speculation on whether I will join politics". As a dialogue in his film Muthu says,"No one can predict my arrival".