Madurai, India, 21 Feb, 2018: Renowned actor Kamal Haasan today launched his political party and unveiled the party flag that symbolises the strength of unity. At a grand function at Othakadai in Madurai this evening, Hassan announced his party’s name as ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’. The party flag was also hoisted.
The event was attended by AAP Supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and others. Just before announcing his party’s name which in Tamil means “Centre for People’s Justice”, he said “I am not your leader, I am your tool.. this gathering is full of leaders.”
Colors black and white in the party flag has a political significance in Tamil Nadu which forms part of the flags of the two big parties of the state– AIADMK and DMK. The colours are a pointer to the Dravidian ideology.
Citing a Tamil proverb of ‘Oru Soru,’ which means a small example of a whole lot, he said the launch was just the first step for ‘makkal atchi,’ (people’s rule).
Addressing the gathering, Delhi CM Arbind Kejriwal said he had always been a fan of Kamal Haasan the actor, and was now “a fan of Kamal, the real life hero.”
“Till date, people of Tamil Nadu were stuck between two parties – DMK and AIADMK. 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,” added Kejriwal.
“If you want corruption, vote for the DMK and the AIADMK. But if you want schools, road, water, electricity, vote for Kamal.”
He shared what he believed were the actor’s “best qualities”: “His courage to speak up and fight against injustice and communal forces in the country”.
Earlier, the actor launched his political journey from Rameswaram by paying a visit to late President A P J Abdul Kalam’s residence and the Kalam memorial. He also interacted with local fishermen.
Kamal 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,” Kamal said after his visit to Kalam’s residence.
At Kalam’s memorial, he paid tributes to the late President. Then, he went to Ramanathapuram, and travelled to his native place, Paramakudi. He was greeted by huge crowds en route.
“I am no more a cinema star. From now on, I will be a lamp at your home,” the actor said addressing a small gathering at Ramanathapuram.