Rajinikanth says winning elections is not easy

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He had said, "On any day from December 26 to December 31, Rajinikanth will disclose his plan of action, thereafter there will not be any doubt regarding his political entry".

Following months of speculation over his political plans, actor Rajinikanth still kept everyone guessing on Tuesday when he addressed fans at the start of a six-day outreach programme in Chennai. I'm not new to politics and very much aware of the difficulties. He further added a rider.

During his meeting with fans in May, Rajinikanth also had said, "Let us face the war when it comes". By war, I meant the elections. Now when I ask him as a senior in the film industry, he says "come with me, I'll tell you". I am not new to politics, I know its depths.

Being vocal about State politics as early as 1996, rumours of Rajinikanth's political entry have being doing the rounds repeatedly.

Talks of Rajnikanth, and actor Kamal Haasan, foraying into Tamil Nadu politics sprung up following the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December 2016. "Strategy is required to win", he said. The fans are eagerly awaiting his announcement on political entry and are of the opinion that the time has come for him to finally take the plunge. He was expected to announce a political party on his 63rd birthday in November but he merely announced that he would launch a mobile app soon to connect with people.

DMK, now being led by MK Stalin, is yet to find its footing after consecutive defeat in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Speaking before Rajinikanth, director Mahendran said, "We can never know what Rajini is thinking or what he is planning to do". Had I not known them, I would have taken the plunge a long before.

Rajinikanth also paid tribute to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, whose death in December previous year has left a vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics.

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