Ranjinikanth's political debut has been anticipated by fans for decades Credit: Twitter image

South superstar Rajinikanth, who was on the verge of officially floating his political party, on Tuesday announced that he will not be entering politics. This comes two days after he was discharged from a Hyderabad hospital for severe blood pressure fluctuations.

In a statement, the 70-year-old actor said, “With extreme sadness, I say that I can’t enter politics. I alone know the pain I went through while announcing this decision.”

“I take this [hospitalisation] as a warning from God. After floating a party, I can’t campaign through social media to cause a revolution and effect the change I desire to win big,” he added.

He apologised to Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) members and all the people who feel who are disappointed by his decision. However, he added that RMM would continue to function. “The RMM members had told me in once voice at the meeting on November 30 that my health was important and that they would accept whatever my decision is,” added Rajinikanth.

The actor’s political debut has been anticipated by fans for decades. He was all set to launch his party on December 31, five months ahead of Tamil Nadu state elections.

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