Actor Kamal Haasan finally enters in politics and formally launched his political party called Makkal Neethi Maiam. The actor said he would devote the rest of his life to the people.
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti, and farmers’ leader P.R. Pandian attended the launch conference.
He also unfurled his party’s flag, which has six hands – three in red and three in white – joined together around a star on a white background.
Haasan explained the six arms in the flag denote the six southern states. The actor-turned-politician also announced party office-bearers for each districts. “This political party is meant for you. I’m only a tool. You all are the leaders,” Haasan told the crowd.
Kejriwal who attended the launch, said, “Kamal offers an honest political alternative. Next time, don’t vote for a corrupt party. Now you can vote for an honest party. Vote for Kamal Hassan.”
Earlier, in the morning, Haasan launched his political journey from Rameswaram and visited late President APJ Abdul Kalam’s residence and memorial.
He first visited Kalam’s residence and sought the blessings of the late President’s elder brother, Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker. “Kalam resided in a simple house, but his national spirit was something which everyone should learn,” the actor said after his visit to Kalam’s residence.
Haasan also interacted with fishermen, calling them his “meenava nanbargal” (fishermen friends). “I have come here to personally interact with you and understand your problems. Fishing is one of the important professions and all that is needed should be done to sustain it and safeguard their safety,” he said.
From Rameswaram, he went to Ramanathapuram, from where he travelled to his native place, Paramakudi. Huge crowds greeted him en route.