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Kamal Haasan party launch updates: Proper dialogue in Cauvery issue can solve everything, says actor

Top actor Kamal Haasan will address a string of meetings and unveil his party flag at Madurai on 21 February, marking the commencement of his political journey

FP Staff February 21, 2018 22:29:03 IST
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Kamal Haasan party launch updates: Proper dialogue in Cauvery issue can solve everything, says actor

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20:07 (ist)

Kamal Haasan launches his party website and FB page

Along with the launch of his party, Kamal Haasan also launches his website www.maiam.com. A prosperous Tamil Nadu is my vision, says the website. The colours of the party flag open the doors for communistic interpretations. 

12:17 (ist)

Kamal Haasan emails his fans

According to India Today, actor Kamal Haasan sent an email to his fans saying that the time to stop complaining is over. He also added that as his first step in politics, he will adopt eight villages and work for their development. He also urged his fans to send in suggestions for the same. 

10:33 (ist)

Kerala, Bihar CM were also invited to attend party launch

As per The Indian ExpressKerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar were invited to attend Kamal Haasan's party launch but are unable to come for it. Instead, they sent video messages. 

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Feb 21, 2018 - 21:33 (IST)

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Feb 21, 2018 - 21:22 (IST)

Be proud to talk in Tamil, doesn't mean we reject any language: Haasan

About improving the condition of the Tamil language in the state, Haasan says,"Be proud and happy to talk in Tamil. Primary education should be there in the regional language. Doesn't mean we reject any language." He goes on to say he chose Rameshwaram and Abdul Kalam's house as the starting point because he is a believer of justice. "This is my holy place. This is Kalam's birthplace. That made me choose this place."About Tamilisai Soundarrajan and other's comments on Haasan being a GMO seed, plastic flower etc, Haasan says, "Should we keep answering these criticisms or just work."

Feb 21, 2018 - 21:17 (IST)

Won't be giving freebies but improve living standards of people: Haasan

About corruption, Haasan says, "I can't do it as a single person. It is a collective effort. We need to work towards it. We might have to do some small sacrifices. but, it is imperative that we do it." To the question "If you become CM, will the freebie system still exist?" Haasan says, "I won't be giving any freebie (like alcohol for men, mopeds for women) but I will empower people to improve their living standards. We must also think of every woman as womenfolk from our families. We need to ensure equality exists and space is given." 

Feb 21, 2018 - 21:13 (IST)

There will never be permanent CM from this party, says Haasan

Haasan says,"I will be there till I breathe. This party will be like a relay. Once I'm done, the baton will be handed over to the next person. There will never be a permanent CM from this party if and when we are voted to power." Answering the question whether Gandhi, Ambedkar, Periyar or Kamaraj is his role model, he says, "I am a rationalist. But there are people who believe in God. They believe in a lot of gods, be it Shiva, Muruga, Vishnu etc... Why can't I have multiple role models? All the aforementioned have been my role models. Even Kejriwal, Naidu and even Obama are my guides."

Feb 21, 2018 - 21:10 (IST)

I'm a lamp who wishes to shine in your homes, says Haasan

Kamal Haasan says schools are being privatised... alcohol shops are being run by the government and this is not the right state of affairs. "In my party's meetings, it won't be just about me talking. It will be more about receiving questions from the people. I will try to answer everything. Even if i don't know the answers, I'll need some time to get back to you with the answers. All these years, I was in your hearts. Now, I wish to be in your homes. There was a time when you saw me as a star. That time is done. Now I'm like a lamp who wishes to shine in your homes. People have to help me continuously shine and not get extinguished in the wind of corruption.

Feb 21, 2018 - 21:08 (IST)

This is a party for all of us: Haasan

"Till now, I acted. I was paid from the money you spent for the movies. All I did was just waving my hands at you whenever I saw you and saying statements. But now it is time to spend the rest of my life for giving back to the very people who gave me everything. Look at the functionaries of my party. This is not a party that should stop with me. This should go on for atleast the next three generations. This is a party for all of us," says Haasan.
 

Feb 21, 2018 - 21:05 (IST)

People ask me if I am left or right? That is why I kept the name 'Maiam', which means centre: Haasan 

Feb 21, 2018 - 20:58 (IST)

I am sowing seeds of change, says Haasan

Explaining the emblem on the flag, Haasan says, "It is the map of a new South India. The six hands are the six states in South India. The star in the centre represents the people. The people are the stars." "Are you left or right?" - That's why we have the word 'Centre' in the party. We will take the goodness from all sides. "I am 63 years old. I don't have the idea of ruling for the next 40 years. I am searching for a leader in this very group. I am just sowing the seed for a change," says Haasan.

Feb 21, 2018 - 20:57 (IST)

Caste and religion games must be stopped, says Haasan

Feb 21, 2018 - 20:54 (IST)

A new era is beginning in Tamil Nadu

"Unemployed educated youngsters can become a thing of the past. We are adopting eight villages in the state and trying to do welfare measures. If you have issues with our functioning, let us know. We are not arrogant people. This is a combined effort, " says Haasan. A new era is beginning in Tamil Nadu. Mentioning the Cauvery issue, Haasan says, "There is no point instigating and blaming the other state. If there is a proper dialogue between the powers, then a solution can be always found."

Latest update, 9:03 pm: Actor Kamal Haasan delivers an emotionally charged speech at the launch of his party 'Makkal Needhi Maiam', tells people if you had voted for good party without accepting money, Tamil Nadu would be a better state.

Far from the sphere of the reel, actor Kamal Haasan will take his plunge into the real world of politics on Wednesday by addressing a string of meetings and unveiling his party flag in Madurai, marking the commencement of his new journey.

The actor-turned-politician will address his first public meeting in the afternoon at Ramanathapuram near the iconic palace entrance. He will later leave for nearby Paramakudi and then
Manamadurai and address meetings there before reaching Madurai in the evening. He is also set to spell out the name of his party.

Kamal Haasan party launch updates Proper dialogue in Cauvery issue can solve everything says actor

File image of actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan. PTI

In keeping with his announcement last month, Haasan will first visit the residence of former president APJ Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram on Wednesday and then the school where the late leader studied. Also, he would pay a visit to the memorial of Kalam at Pei Karumbu off Rameswaram apart from interacting with the fishermen community at Ganesh Mahal in Rameswaram.

Announcing his political tour in his weekly column in Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan on 18 January, the actor had said he too shared the vision of Kalam, who dreamt of a "good Tamil Nadu."

By launching his tour from the residence of Kalam, he would be moving forward towards that goal, he said, writing in his weekly column.

On Wednesday, actor Seeman, who strongly opposes Rajinikanth on the basis of his non-Tamil origin, met Kamal at his home in Chennai. He told reporters that Kamal had expressed a wish to meet him but he felt that he should come to his residence because he was elder to him. Seeman also recalled that he also hailed from Ramanathapuram district.

Meanwhile, in a letter to party cadre, Stalin wrote: "The DMK is like a banyan tree which has strong roots and branches. It cannot be shaken by anyone. Parties may come during a season but they are just like paper flowers which don't have flagrance. They will wither soon."

Kamal called on DMK president M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence to seek his blessings. Stalin was also present then.

With inputs from agencies

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