A day after announcing his political entry , Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth on Monday launched a website and an app on the Google Play store to enrol members for his proposed political party.
In a short video posted on his Twitter account, the actor seated on a sofa, in front of a large photo frame with the yoga mudra made famous by him in the movie ‘Baba’ placed on top a lotus leaf, appealed to people to register themselves on the website to “bring a good political change in Tamil Nadu”. He thanked those who welcomed his entry into politics.
“We have to bring under one umbrella all my registered fan club members, unregistered fan club members, and those who are looking to bring a change in Tamil Nadu’s politics,” he said that he has started a website rajinimandram.org on which people register with their name and Voter ID number, and become a member. “Let’s bring a good political change in Tamil Nadu,” he said before signing off.
A message posted on the registration page on the website read, “This website will function as a tool to exchange information and also bring together people who want a good change in politics in Tamil Nadu”.
Minutes later, an app with the same name was made available on the Google Play store, for people to download and register themselves.
VM Sudhakar, president of All India Rajinikanth Fans Association, told The Hindu, that the website and the app was a way to integrate all the fans’ clubs members. The association tweeted that @Rajni_FC was the official handle of the fans association.
A member of the actor’s fan club since the 1980s, said that all fans will involve themselves completely in the actor’s political journey. “He has now committed himself fully to politics. He will not go back on that,” he said.
According to him, there are about 50,000 registered fan clubs for Mr. Rajinikanth. “The last club that was registered was in the early '90s". After that, a lot of fan clubs came up, many abroad as well, as our Thalaivar gets about 40% of business from abroad,” he said.
The total fan clubs would now be around 75,000 with each club having at least 25 members. “So we have access to so many members ready to take on Thalaivar ’s political plunge,” he said adding that if the actor had entered politics in 1996, there would have been few votes only in each family going to him.
“Now, all these families have fans across all age groups. People in my age group have sons and daughters who are married. So, if you take both sides’ families, the number will be around 20-30 who will vote for him. We will ensure he definitely wins the elections,” he claimed.