All eyes are set on Rajinikanth for the announcement he is set to make on Sunday declaring whether or not he would take a political plunge.Many of his fans believe that the actor has taken a decision, after decades of waiting, to finally enter the world of politics.Rajinikanth, who commands a huge fan base across the country, has been hinting for quite some time that he may join politics, but stopped short of announcing it. Rajini, while addressing his fans on Tuesday, said that he would announce his final decision on politics on December 31.His fans and well-wishers see a huge opportunity for the 67-year-old actor to fill the political vacuum created by the death of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa and ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi. “There is no better time to enter politics than now. No leader in the state can match the charisma and support enjoyed by our thalaivar (leader). Without any further delay, he should launch his own party,” said an office bearer of All India Rajinikanth Fans Association from Coimbatore.He said that they have made all the arrangements for welcoming the superstar’s announcement on Sunday by bursting crackers.AXW Douglas, Tuticorin district secretary of the fans association said that he has no expectation of him announcing a political plunge. “After his speech in the first day of the meet, he has been asking the fans to take care of the family first. He also stressed on the patience and to bide one’s time. We don’t know what is in his mind,” he said, adding that the actor still enjoys the biggest fan following among the Tamil actors.Veteran film producer and story writer Kalaignanam who introduced Rajinikanth as here in the 1978 movie Bairavi told a Tamil news channel that the actor would announce his political entry on December 31 in front of his fans.”He will launch his own political party. Earlier when he made up his mind on entering politics, several obstacles were created to prevent his entry. Now he has taken a firm decision to enter politics and he will not go back on it,” he said.The success of film personalities starting from DMK chief M Karunanidhi to AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran and her successor J Jayalalithaa in the politics has prompted several actors to nurture political ambitions.Rajinikanth’s contemporary Kamal Haasan has announced his political entry last month. “Both the actors – Kamal and Rajini – are aspiring to fill up the political vacuum. But they had failed to take into account that MGR and Jayalalithaa did not come to power by making a sudden political entry,” said writer and political commentator Prof Arunan. MGR was in politics since the 1950s and had parallel film and political career before floating his own party in 1972 after he was expelled from the DMK, he said, adding that while Jayalalithaa was brought to politics by MGR in the 1980s and was nominated to Rajya Sabha and then made party’s propaganda secretary. “After MGR’s death, Jayalalithaa claimed his political legacy and his party AIADMK to come to power in 1991,” he said, adding that it would not be easy to launch a new political party and aspiring to come to power in the ensuing elections.
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