Will announce decision on joining politics this Sunday, says Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth meets fans again. Is the announcement on political debut coming

I am hesitant to enter politics since I know its dynamics.

Chennai: Continuing to keep his fans guessing about his entry into politics, actor Rajinikanth today said that he would clarify on his political stance on 31 December. He had triggered fan frenzy in May this year when he said, "If God wills it, I will enter politics tomorrow". If we go to war, we should win.

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".

"Some people have wanted to become MLAs and politicians and have been using me to make money".

Rajinikanth has been ambivalent on his political entry since 1996, when he openly put his weight behind the DMK and then fledgling Tamil Maanila Congress that helped the Dravidian party capture power with a brute majority.

"I was humbled when Jayalalithaa met me at my house", Rajnikanth said. Rajini has always said, 'en vazhi thani vazhi'; so it will definitely be a new party.

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Addressing his fans in May for a similar photo-op, Rajinikanth had said, "Let us face the war when it comes" which was seen as an indication that he might enter politics.

The actor, meanwhile, is said to be conducting talks with several politicians between filming 2.0 and Kaala.

"If Jayalalithaa is voted back to power, even God can not save Tamil Nadu", the actor had said. The seat was bagged by TTV Dhinakaran, an AIADMK rebel and nephew of Jayalalithaa's closest aide VK Sasikala.

"We need vivegam (smartness) and vyugam (strategy) to succeed in politics", he added.

Earlier in September, Kamal Haasan cleared the air on his intentions to enter Tamil Nadu politics. "Have the elections come already?" he said. In softer tone, Rajini told, "If I had asked him two months ago, maybe he would have told me".

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