Indian superstar Rajinikanth enters politics Dec 04, 2020 0 424 12345 AFP ChennaiIndian film superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday became the latest in a long line of big-name actors to enter politics, vowing to bring in “corruption-free” government to his home state.The action hero, one of Asia’s best-paid actors, said on Twitter that with “huge support from people” he would be launching a political party in January that is expected to contest elections scheduled in Tamil Nadu state next year. The 69-year-old former bus conductor said the public wanted “honest, transparent, corruption-free, caste-less, secular and spiritual politics” in the state.“Wonderful and amazing things will happen!” he added without stating explicitly that he would stand himself.The actor enjoys a cult-like following across India where he is called “The Superstar” or “Thalaivar” (leader).Every new film sends Tamil Nadu into a frenzy, with fans getting haircuts like his most recent character or having his face tattooed on their bodies.Rajnikanth, who worked on buses in the southern city of Bangalore before moving into acting in 1973, proved his political muscle in 1996 when he called on fans to oppose the Tamil Nadu government, which was then voted out of power.Rajinikanth said in 2017 that he wanted to enter politics to bring “change in Tamil Nadu”. His fans set off fireworks in celebration but have been waiting since for the formal moves.He launched his own movement, Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM), which has since been putting in place the political launchpad for the film hero.He has carried on making films and had health scares which led some to believe that he would give up his political ambitions.Rajinikanth is following a well-worn path from the cinema into Indian politics. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 300 Ethiopian immigrants land in Israel Dec 04, 2020 0 385 Pakistan’s ex-PM Zafarullah Khan Jamali dies, aged 76 Dec 04, 2020 0 371 Iran surpasses 1 mn virus cases with over 49k deaths Dec 04, 2020 0 427 Azerbaijan says 2,783 soldiers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting Baku: Azerbaijan said on Thursday that nearly 2,800 of its soldiers were killed in recent fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, the first details it has released of military losses in weeks of clashes with Armenian forces. .. Iran postpones execution of Iranian-Swedish academic, says wife Stockholm: The planned execution of Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali, who was sentenced to death in Iran three years ago for spying, has been postponed, his wife said on Thursday. Vida Mehran Nia told AFP she .. Famine could hit nearly 50,000 people in Yemen in 2021: UN agencies Rome: Nearly 50,000 people in war-torn Yemen could be affected by famine in the next six months, three United Nations agencies warned on Thursday. “Pockets of famine-like conditions [...] have already returned for the .. Indian teacher wins UNESCO’s $1 mn global teaching prize AFP London An Indian teacher was on Thursday named the winner of a $1 million prize for his work transforming the lives of young girls in a rural village. Ranjitsinh Disale was announced the winner of the Global Teacher ..