Arvind Kejriwal meets Kamal Haasan highlights: AAP chief terms actor an anti-corruption crusader, says like-minded people should meet often

Arvind Kejriwal met noted actor Kamal Haasan at his Chennai residence on Thursday amid speculation of the veteran actor joining politics soon.

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Arvind Kejriwal meets Kamal Haasan highlights: AAP chief terms actor an anti-corruption crusader, says like-minded people should meet often

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Sept 21, 2017 - 15:54 (IST)

AIADMK comes up with cautious criticism, says TV drama must translate in votes

AIADMK leader Apsara Reddy, while speaking to CNNN-News 18, said that their party has always welcomed Haasan's entry into politics. On the question that Haasan is likely to assume a opponent's role even if he does make an entry inyto politics, Reddy said that India is a free country and Haasan was free to criticise whoever he wants. She however, pointed out that the popular actor has never been critical of "Madam Jayalalithaa."

She added that all these political photoops are great for the consumption of TV audience, but whether or not it converts into votes remains to be seen. 

Sept 21, 2017 - 15:43 (IST)

In a short address, Haasan, Kejriwal drop ample hints on anti-saffron alternative politics

In an under-five-minute press address after an hour-long meeting, Haasan and Kejriwal's praise for each other was ripe with political innuendoes. The AAP chief, lauding the veteran actor, said that Haasan has been an anti-graft crusader and has shown the courage to publicaly condemn communal forces too. 

Haasan on his part has said that the meeting with Kejriwal has added to his (political?) learning curve. 

What went unsaid, however, was recorded in the photo-op post the presser. Haasan has on previous occasions made it clear that even if he joins politics, his colour will not be saffron. On other occasions he has hinted at launching a new party. In case that does happen, we know the popular actor has got an ally in New Delhi. 

Sept 21, 2017 - 15:31 (IST)

"I am happy to learn that there are so many peopel who are staunchly against communalism. However, there are very few who have the courage to stick their neck out against the communal forces. Haasan ji is one such person," Kejriwal

Sept 21, 2017 - 15:29 (IST)

Like-minded people who are against communalism should meet more often: Kejriwal after meeting Tamil superstar

Sept 21, 2017 - 15:28 (IST)

Kamal Haasan welcomes Kejriwal, says meeting has added to his learning curve

Sept 21, 2017 - 15:26 (IST)

Haasan and Kejriwal to begin press conference shortly

Sept 21, 2017 - 15:25 (IST)

Kamal Hassan meets Arvind Kejriwal Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal met actor Kamal Haasan at his Chennai residence on Thursday amid speculation of the veteran actor joining politics soon. The meeting is currently underway.

According to CNN-News18, Kejriwal reportedly invited Haasan for the meet. Party sources also said that that Hassan may start movement before floating a party, reported the news channel.

Arvind Kejriwal meets Kamal Haasan highlights AAP chief terms actor an anticorruption crusader says likeminded people should meet often

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal meets Kamal Haasan in Chennai on Thursday. Twitter @AamAadmiParty

Apart from Kejriwal himself, three other AAP leaders also accompanied him, reported India Today channel.

As per earlier reports, the meeting is expected to shed light on the actor's future to join politics which could lead to a ripple effect in New Delhi. According to Hindustan TimesKejriwal is expected to offer Haasan AAP as a platform to launch the actor's political career. The 62-year-old actors has kept the people guessing over his political debut. He, however, ruled out joining the BJP. “My colour is definitely not saffron. That much I can say now,” Haasan had said after meeting Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on 1 September.

Haasan has been very active politically of late and levying corruption charges against the state government. He even congratulated the CPM-led LDF government in Kerala for "good governance"on its first anniversary in May this year. He fuelled speculation about his expected political plunge when he attended an event organised by the DMK in Chennai in August.

 

 

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