Kamal Haasan launches his political party, names it Makkal Needhi Maiam


"His supporters waved banners sporting popular catch words from his movies like 'Nammavarey, ' (Our man) and placards of 'Nalai Namathey", showing a smiling Haasan. Posters plastered across the streets of Madurai and Rameswaram show actor Kamal Haasan emulating iconic leaders including former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam, say reports.

It is learnt that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who Haasan had hosted for lunch at his Chennai residence a few months ago, is likely to attend the launch event. This is the party of the people.

To a question on why he did not take part in Kalam's funeral, Haasan said it was because of his "faith".

"I am not a leader but a tool".

"I am not advising people, I will take advice from people".

He has said that he is "picking ideologies from everyone" before the launch of his party. "The people are the stars".

Ahead of the launch of his party, Haasan met DMDK chief Vijayakanth. "Unemployed educated youngsters can become a thing of the past". "I have been saying that they are unfit to govern the state", Haasan said. "If there is a proper dialogue between the powers, then a solution can be always found".

The former Union Minister, who had served as Congress in-charge of the southern state many years ago, said DMK and AIADMK are dominant regional political parties in the state, where superstar Rajinikanth has also announced plans to float his own outfit. "Kalam is an important person for me and I was attracted by his patriotism and aspirations", the actor said, adding that there was "no politics in the visit to his house". "But even if I did, I won't give", he said in an apparent reference to the recent RK Nagar by-election in which parties allegedly bribed voters. "Be proud and happy to talk in Tamil. The people who have gathered here are people who have enraged by the corruption prevalent in the state".

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He called him an inspiration and mentioned him as his hero. Lashing out at the DMK and AIADMK, Kejriwal alleged that they were corrupt and offered his congratulations to the people of Tamil Nadu.

"If you want corruption vote for them, if you want schools, hospitals, roads, electricity vote for Kamal".

The 63-year-old award-winning actor has previously stated that his goal of entering politics is to change the "status quo" in Tamil Nadu's political scenario.

The logo and name of Kamal Haasan's party Makkal Needhi Maiam. However Kamal Haasan tasted the acerbic flavour of politics when he was denied entry into the school where once Abdul Kalam studied.

We've been ruling Delhi for the past three weeks and have created a revolution.

The Chief Minister expressed hope that "Haasan would uphold to the values of secularism, democracy, and pluralistic society, where all voices are heard".

The welcome message was shared by the official handles of the party.