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Rajinikanth likely to launch political party in November

The movie superstar will announce his decision by the end of this month through a video message on his Twitter handle.
R Rajagopalan reports.
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Come November, movie superstar Rajinikanth is all set make his long delayed entry into Tamil Nadu politics by floating a regional party in Madurai.

This move is expected to electrify the political atmosphere in Tamil Nadu where voters will elect their 234 lawmakers most likely in April.

Rajinikanth will announce his decision by the end of this month through a video message on his Twitter handle.

He will devote the entire month of October for mobilisation of support in all the districts for which meticulous preparations are being carried out by his confidants.

But for the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, Rajinikanth would have already held district-level conferences by now.

Not willing to waste any more time, he plans to hold virtual meetings of his fan clubs every day from Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, onwards.

Simultaneously, lawyers in New Delhi have been told to apply for registration of the political party and to seek an election symbol from the Election Commission.

With the lifting of the lockdown, Tamil Nadu is set for some major political developments.

In all probability Sasikala, the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s confidante, who is being held in a Bengaluru jail for corruption, may be released by the end of September.

Whether her return will lead to a merger of the splinter groups of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or not are all part of political conjecture.

Questions over her nephew T T V Dhinakaran’s party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam merging or fighting along with the ruling AIADMK party or if there will be unity talks are likely to be answered once Sasikala is released.

The DMK is closely monitoring these developments. Its general council meeting, which will be held virtually on Sunday, will deliberate on Rajinikanth’s possible entry into politics and its likely impact.

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