'I Will Not Contest Upcoming Elections, No Party Should Use My Picture', Says Superstar Rajinikanth

| February 17 , 2019 , 15:02 IST

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth ended months of speculation, and on Sunday declared that he would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections nor support anyone.

According to media reports in a statement, the Superstar said, "I am not supporting anyone. No party should use my picture or outfit's logo" for any propaganda.

"My party has no support in the upcoming parliamentary election to any parties. So no one should use my photo or flags in the name of Rajini Makkal Mandram and Rajini Fan Club should not be used to support or campaign for any party," the statement read.

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He also asked people to examine and vote for a party in the centre that would solve Tamil Nadu's water crisis.

It is learnt that Rajinikanth had announced his political entry on December 31 in 2017 and initiated to streamline his formal and informal fan clubs, integrating them into the Rajini Makkal Mandram. Since then, there has been much speculation about his possible political alliances.

The Tamil superstar had assured his followers that his politics will be "spiritual" and based on "honesty and truthfulness".

He had then said his to-be-launched political party would contest in all the 234 Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu in the next elections, due in 2021.