PO­LIT­I­CALLY COR­RECT

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1995: Met then Prime Min­is­ter P.V. Narasimha Rao and com­pli­mented him on the lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of the In­dian econ­omy

1996: De­clared fa­mously that ‘even God can­not save Tamil Nadu if the AIADMK re­turns to power’. The party lost the as­sem­bly elec­tion

2012: At a book launch, used a di­a­logue from his film Pa­dayappa (My path is a dis­tinct one) to re­veal his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions

2014: Wel­comed Naren­dra Modi to his Chennai home days be­fore the Lok Sabha polls

May 15, 2017: In his first ses­sion with fans in over a decade, said, “If God wills, I’ll en­ter pol­i­tics. If I en­ter, I will be very truth­ful and will not en­ter­tain peo­ple who are in this to make money”

May 19, 2017: Dropped more po­lit­i­cal hints when he told fans, “The sys­tem is rot­ten and needs to be changed, be ready for the bat­tle”

De­cem­ber 31, 2017: An­nounced he will launch a po­lit­i­cal party be­fore the 2021 Tamil Nadu as­sem­bly poll and con­test all 234 seats. Said ‘truth­ful­ness, hard work and growth’ will be the guid­ing slo­gan of the party

Jan­uary 1, 2018: Launched ra­jin­i­man­dram.org and an­droid app Ra­jini Makkal Man­dram (RMM), ask­ing fans to reg­is­ter by giv­ing their names and elec­tion card num­bers

March 6, 2018: De­liv­ered his first pub­lic speech as a politi­cian at the Dr MGR Ed­u­ca­tional and Re­search In­sti­tute, Chennai. “I have a duty to­wards the peo­ple and that’s why I have come into pol­i­tics”

Au­gust 28, 2018: Re­leased RMM rule book for join­ing his move­ment; among other things, it bans party flag on cars, use of cutouts/ ban­ners with­out per­mis­sion, man­dates po­lice clear­ance for events, for­bids par­tic­i­pa­tion in meets where gar­lands and gifts are ex­changed and ad­ver­tis­ing in the me­dia

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