Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who recently confirmed his entry into politics, unveiled a statue of former Tamil Nadu chief minister MG Ramachandran at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai. He is also is expected to deliver his first public address after his political plunge on Monday.
The actor faced flak after fans put up his banners on a kilometre-long stretch of Chennai's Poonamallee High Road despite a Madras High Court order that required authorities to take action against such illegal hoardings, according to India Today. The posters were put up to welcome him to the institute.
File image of actor Rajinikanth. AP
Before leaving for the university, Rajinikanth said that he will talk about the posters there, according to NDTV.
On 31 December last year, he had announced his entry into politics saying, he will start his own political party prior to the Assembly elections in the state. He also added that his party will be contesting in all the 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu.
The veteran actor had also sought a structural change in politics of Tamil Nadu. "Democracy is in bad shape right now, all other states have been making fun of us (Tamil Nadu), I will feel guilty if I don't take this decision now," the Tamil superstar told his supporters.
He had said that his decision was a "compulsion of time".
"It's time for a truthful, transparent political party. That is my desire and no one can stand in my way. To start and contest an election with a new party is going to be difficult but the love and support of my Tamil people will prove my decision right," the Tamil superstar had said.
Rajinikanth said he was not getting into politics for power. He said at the age of 45 he was not interested in political power and now at the age of 68 one cannot say he was power crazy.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 21:55 PM