Rajinikanth says he won't contest Tamil Nadu Assembly bypoll
(Sourced from PTI)
Top film star Rajinikanth today announced that he would not contest in the by-elections to 21 seats in Tamil Nadu Assembly, nearly a month after declaring that his target was only the Assembly election. Rajinikanth, when asked if he would fight the by-poll since he had declared the Assembly polls to be his only target, tersely said, "No." Here's more.
The actor, who is yet to launch his political outfit, had on December 31, 2017, announced that his political entry was sure to fructify. To questions like which party he would support in the by-polls, Rajinikanth said, "Sorry, I cannot say anything now."
Asked whether he had meant a national or a regional party when he had mentioned last month that only that party should be supported which would resolve the "water problem" of Tamil Nadu, he said, "Both." On February 17, Rajinikanth had said "water is TN's important problem" and asked his fans to vote for a party whom they thought would permanently resolve the issue.
The jargon "water problem" is perceived as a reference to water scarcity in parts of the state and the vexed Cauvery issue. Rajinikanth had strongly pledged his support for interlinking rivers on over one occasion in the past. While saying he wouldn't contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election, he had barred anyone from using his images or Rajini Makkal Mandram flag for political purposes.