New Delhi, March 5: After taking a political plunge last year, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth delivered his first speech on Monday. Speaking to students at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai, Rajinikanth said that he is entering politics to fill the vacuum left by Tamil Nadu’s ‘great leader’ Jayalalithaa. “Tamil Nadu needs a leader. Jayalalithaa is no more and Karunanidhi is ill. I will come and fill that vacuum. God is in my side,” Rajinikanth said.Also Read - NEET Aspirant Goes Missing From Home in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal After Checking Answer Key
The Tamil actor also asserted that after having close relationship with M Karunanidhi, GK Moopanar and others he learned a lot about politics which is a way where there are snakes, thorns and difficulties. “I know the political journey is not easy. It is a journey through struggles and hurdles but I can give governance which they (MGR) gave to common people and I trust I can do that too,” Rajinikanth added. Also Read - NEET UG 2021 Latest Update: 17-year-old Girl Attempts Self-Immolation In Chennai Fearing NEET Scores
The Thalaiva also hit out at present TN government for criticising him. “The present government and politicians are asking why are actors leaving their makeup and coming to take over their jobs as politicians. I am 67 years now, since you are not doing your duty I am stepping in. I didn’t expect the present political parties to welcome me. But why are you discouraging me and others?” the superstar asked. Also Read - NEET UG 2021: Tamil Nadu Launches Helpline To Counsel Stressful Aspirants, MK Stalin Urges Candidates Not To End Life
Urging his fans to not keep any banners, Rajinikanth said,”I think we have crossed a limit. My fans have erected banners, disturbing free flow of public movement is violation of High Court orders. I request the fans not to indulge in such activities,” the actor requested.
Earlier in the day, the actor-turned politician had unveiled the statue of MG Ramachandran at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute.
Last year in December, the veteran actor, who has millions of followers across the country, had announced he will launch his political party and will contest on all 234 seats in the next Assembly elections.