No contest, no support in Lok Sabha elections: Rajini

Putting an end to speculations and guessing games, superstar Rajinikanth today declared he would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“I am not supporting anyone. No party should use my picture or outfit’s logo for any propaganda,” he said in a statement, after he chaired a meeting of district heads of Rajini Makkal Mandram at his Poes Garden residence in Chennai.

He added: “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.”

Stating that his focus is only on Assembly elections, Rajini urged people to support a party in the Centre that would solve Tamil Nadu’s water crisis.

Announcing his future plans in 2017, Rajinikanth had said his entry into politics was certain. In his first speech after the announcement, Rajinikanth asserted there was a “vacuum” in Tamil Nadu for a “good political leader.”