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2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections | Rajinikanth likely to make announcement on November 30

Rajinikanth. File   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Rajinikanth is expected on November 30 to make an announcement on whether or not he will contest in the 2021 Assembly election.

The actor has called a meeting of Rajini Makkal Mandram office-bearers on November 30 at Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam.

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A district secretary said Rajini Makkal Mandram members were expecting the actor to make a clear statement and they would stand by him.

Surprise announcement

“We don’t know what to expect. We were just told to come to Mandapam at 9 a.m. We expect a good announcement from him,” he said.

The actor announced in December 2017 that he would form a party and contest in the Assembly election. However, he has not started a party since then, creating an impression that he has decided not to enter politics. In March this year, he laid out his three-point agenda.

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Ruling himself out of the post of Chief Minister, the actor said he wanted to separate party from the government by forming a council that would appoint a young and capable Chief Minister and supervise the functioning of the government, abolish thousands of party posts and induct youngsters into the party.

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In October, Mr. Rajinikanth responded to a ‘leaked statement’ by confirming his health issues and the doctor’s advice that meeting people and campaigning would put him at risk in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this raised doubts whether he would take the political plunge, observers say Mr. Rajinikanth would play some role in the election.

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