South superstar Kamaal Haasan is all set to launch his political party in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The actor has reached his venue, Dr. Abdul Kalam's house and calls fishermen to the press meet.
The actor will announce his party name today and will unfurl the party flag on Wednesday. “The party flag will be hosted in the evening in Madurai when the idea behind the flag will be detailed,” he told reporters on arrival in Madurai on Tuesday.
Kamal Haasan says no politics involved in visiting APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial. Recalling the lyrics of a song from one of his films, Kamal Haasan said he was prepared to learn if required "by breaking barriers".
Kamal Haasan arrives in Ramanathapuram.
AIADMK calls Kamal Haasan a 'genetically modified seed', says he has no leadership skills.
AIADMK minister D Jayakumar called him a "genetically modified seed" and said he had no leadership skills, reported India Today. "I agree with MK Stalin what he referred these film stars are like paper flowers and never can blossom," he said.
Congress leader Veerappa Moily says Kamal Haasan's party in Tamil Nadu does not have much political space in TN.
"Unless they (Kamal Haasan's party) have a regional agenda of their own which is better than DMK and AIADMK, what space they will occupy? He (Kamal Haasan) must have thought AIADMK will collapse, and he can occupy that space, I don't think that is happening," the former Karnataka chief minister said.
Visuals of Kamal Haasan visit at Kalam Memorial in Ramanathapuram in #TamilNadu.
Cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin takes to Twitter to express his views on Kamal Haasan's Political debute.
A day where another superstar actor from TN launches his political party this evening. The political landscape is set for a massive change? #KamalHaasan— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 21, 2018
Kamal Haasan sent out a mail to his fans saying the time to stop complaining is over. He also asks his fans to send in more ideas and suggestions. In the mail, Kamal Haasan said that he will adopt 8 villages and will work towards the development of those 8 villages as his first step in politics.
While addressing media Kamal Hasaan said, "My political journey begins. Serving people is my priority. I live in people's hearts," he said while adding that APJ Abdul Kalam was an inspiration.
The fisherman also came forward and express his feelings towards the new party chief Kamal Haasan, "Kamal is an actor par excellence. He has now taken our problems into his hands. The Centre is not taking notice of us. The Sri Lankan navy has been capturing our fishing boats. He (Kamal) is curious and concerned about us. He is our "fisher-friend". It has come to a situation where we can't go and fish. If caught, we get two years in jail and pay a fine of up to Rs 2 crore. Such a thing will never exist in any democratic country in the world. Our livelihood is being taken away from us. Many years they've been telling us they'll do something. We begged Sushma Swaraj to solve our problem. Her only solution was don't go to international waters and fish there. Kamal Haasan is our lifeboat. I hope he can help us. We don't belong to any political party, we are just fisherfolk," said a fisherman at the press meet in Rameswaram.
Kamal Haasan will talk to fisherman today separately again in a press meet, "We will talk separately again.I will come again, says Haasan to fishermen. Thank you very much for coming here and encouraging me," he said to the fishermen.
"I didn't come to get them (fishermen) to join me, I came to join them. I don't want shawls to be draped around me. I am your shawl, I am your protection," he added.
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"I don't see too many differences between films and politics. the both of them need the support of people just about equally, but the responsibility in politics is a lot bigger. Whatever money I have is the money of the public," said Kamal Haasan in Rameswaram.