Popular Tamil actor Ajith Kumar announced that he doesn't wish to pursue politics. In an open letter, the actor shared that he's not entering politics further appealing to students to concentrate on their studies.
Shutting down the numerous rumours doing the rounds regarding his political inclination in the upcoming elections, Ajith clarified in a detailed statement that he doesn't harbour any intentions of joining politics "directly or indirectly".
The open letter comes after BJP state President Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday reportedly said in a meeting that Ajith fans would take forward the welfare policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in turn help Tamil Nadu.
However, Thala Ajith as he is popularly known put the record straight dismissing the rumours asserting that doesn't wish his name nor his fans to be associated with any political events.
Also with his fans known to engage in film wars on social media platforms, the actor urged them to refrain from abusing people online. He even appealed the students to focus on their education and abide by the laws.
On the work front, Ajith is working with director H Vinoth of Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru fame for his next flick which is the Tamil remake of Hindi blockbuster film Pink.
Here is what the actor had to say, "People are aware of the fact that I am very particular that no trace of politics should shadow my personal life or my movies. Cinema is my profession and I am clear about it. Several years ago, I disbanded my fan clubs mainly for this reason. I decided to do this because I do not want my fans, fan clubs or myself to get entangled in politics in any way.
Even after I have informed this decision to the public, there have been many reports of my fans and my name being used in certain political scenarios. Especially, at a time when elections are around the corner, it gives the impression that I'm inclined towards politics.
At this point, I would like to reiterate the fact that I would not like to involve myself in politics intentionally or unintentionally. My only association to politics is when I stand in the queue to cast my vote as a common man. I have never, nor will I ever influence my fans to cast their vote or support a political party. I did not come to the film industry to venture into politics nor to compete with anyone in any capacity. I'd like to insist the same to my fans. I do not express anything political in public. I'd like to be the same to my fans as well. I do not support those who criticise other actors and critics in a derogatory manner on social media. Because the world does not forgive such acts.
I have my personal views on politics. But, they are my own. Likewise, I do not entertain other people forcing their political opinions on me. I expect the same from my fans as well. Let your political opinion be yours. I will not entertain my name or my image being projected in any political event.
My sincere request to my fans is for students to concentrate on their studies, for working people to fulfil their responsibilities, to respect law and order, to focus on health, to live in harmony and to show respect to humankind unconditionally. This would be the biggest respect and appreciation my fans can show me. Live and let live."