South Indian film superstar Rajinikanth announced to launch his own political party in January 2021
He vowed for a corruption free good governance driven by spiritual politics cutting across caste and religion, in Tamilnadu and all over India, reports Economic Times.
According to the Indian media, his entry is expected to redefine Tamil Nadu's political matrix dominated by Dravidian politics for decades.
The announcement, coming barely four months ahead of the elections, has ended speculation about his political entry especially after his recent disclosure on having undergone a kidney transplant in 2016 and doctors' advice against venturing into politics.
For the actor's supporters it came as a morale booster who burst crackers and distributed sweets in joy while Deputy Chief Minister and O Panneerselvam welcomed the actor's political innings.
Anything may happen in politics, he said adding, "if there is an opportunity, there will be an alliance with him."
The BJP, the saffron party MP Subramanian Swamy and noted RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy were among others who welcomed the actor's move.
The DMK had days ago said anyone in a democracy can float a political party.
"Mathuvom. Ellathayum Mathuvom. Ippo Illainna Eppovam Illai" - this is the slogan of his party which could be roughly translated as "Let us change everything. If change does not happen now, it will never materialise," reminding one of his many famous film 'punch' dialogues.