Chennai: Ending months of speculations Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday announced his entry into the politics and declared that he will float his political party at an "appropriate" time.
Rajinikanth also announced that his soon to be launched party will have truth, work and growth as it motives and will contest all assembly seats in the ensuing state elections.
"I want guards to stop people who are using influence and power. I don't want cadres, I want watchdogs (security) people who keep a check. I want a guard who doesn't knock the doors of government officials to get favour", he said while addressing hundreds of his supporters gathered at Chennai's Raghavendra Mandapam.
"Truth, work and growth will be the three mantras of our party. Our motto will be do good, think good, only good things will happen", he added as the frenzied mob cheered in response.
Tamil Nadu Assembly has a total of 234 seats and elections in the state are due to be held in 2021.
Declaring that he will field candidates on all 234 seats, the Tamil Superstar said, "If we are unable to do justice to people, we will resign in 3 years."
The state is facing as on today political vacuum because of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's unexpected death, and in opposition ranks the aging DMK leader Karunanidhi.
Earlier this week, Rajinikanth, whose fans call him "Thalaivar" or "Ultimate Boss", had given the indication of his plans, saying entry into politics needed a winning strategy.
Son of a police constable, Rajinikanth was born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1950. His parents were Maharashtrians living in Bangalore. His mother died when Rajinikanth was just five and the impoverished family struggled for years to make ends meet.
A young Rajinikanth worked a number of odd jobs before ending up as a bus conductor in Karnataka. A born performer, Rajinikanth would keep his bus passengers entertained. In 1973, with some financial help from a friend, also a conductor, Rajinikanth joined the Madras Film Institute and went on to become superstar of the Tamil Nadu film industry.
Meanwhile, fellow actor Kamal Haasan congratulated Rajinikanth on his political debut and said, "I congratulate brother Rajini. I congratulate my brother Rajini for his social consciousness and his political entry."
Kamal Haasan, who announced political entry last month, had challenged the ruling party for weeks, accusing it of corruption and bad governance.