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

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Kamal Haasan party launch updates: Proper dialogue in Cauvery issue can solve everything, says actor
  • 21:33 (IST)

    If you want an honest government, vote for Kamal Haasan: Arvind Kejriwal

  • 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."

  • 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." 

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 21:05 (IST)

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

  • 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.

  • 20:57 (IST)

    Caste and religion games must be stopped, says Haasan

  • 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."

  • 20:51 (IST)

    "If you had voted for good party without accepting money, TN would be a better state"

    Hassan enlists his party ideologies, saying,"Good and quality education that reaches all sections of people. Enough of games that were played on the back of religion and caste." "Even the people are equally responsible for the state that we are in. I will never pay money for votes. I don't have the money, but even if I do,I will not give it to you for votes. I will use it for your welfare but never for votes," says Haasan. If you had voted for the good parties without accepting money, Tamil Nadu would have been in a better state, says Haasan.

  • 20:48 (IST)

    Many have questioned what my party is about, says Haasan

    Kamal Haasan says, "Chandrababu Naidu asked, 'What is your party?' He is one of my political heroes. I told him that despite the differences in political ideology, I consider him one of my poltiical heroes and Naidu reiterated my very own thought by saying that we might follow different 'isms' but the common thread is striving to provide welfare of the people.The people should be the one dictating terms. It shouldn't be one particular person."

  • 20:46 (IST)

    "Today is the time to talk.Tomorrow is the time to execute": Haasan

    Kamal Haasan addresses the crowd saying, "Even while doing welfare through our 'Narpani Mandrams' , we faced a lot of obstacles from many parties. Let's not talk about those bygones, but let's never forget them. How long should we wait for justice to be served? How long should we remain mute spectators? Today is the time to talk. Tomorrow is the time to work."

  • 20:40 (IST)

    People of Delhi rejected both BJP and Congress and gave us 67 seats: Arvind Kejriwal

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Kejriwal draws parallel between MNM and AAP

    Kejriwal reminisces the time when people of Delhi chose AAP over Congress and BJP, two corrupt parties. Saying that his party has been an honest government, he goes onto say that there no dearth of politics but is a dearth of good intentions in the country, says Kejriwal. People of Delhi started the trend to vote for non-corrupt parties and now it is Tamil Nadu's turn, he adds.

  • 20:31 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan is a real-life hero, says Arvind Kejriwal

    "I'm here not because he is a great film actor but because he is real life hero. He is not only honest, he has a great vision. I admire his courage the most. He has the courage to speak up and to fight against the communal forces in this country. Earlier the state was divided into two corrupt parties DMK and AIADMK, now the people of Tamil Nadu will vote for an honest party," says Arvind Kejriwal

  • 20:25 (IST)

    MNM's official twitter handle shows Kejriwal congratulating Haasan

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan congratulates Haasan

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Haasan's daughter Shruti tweets a photo taken before the launch

  • 20:15 (IST)

    Actor Kamal Haasan's daughter Shruti tweets in support

  • 20:13 (IST)

    After Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan sends video message wishing Haasan

  • 20:10 (IST)

    "This is a revolution, I welcome Arvind Kejriwal," says Haasan

    "This is a revolution, I welcome Arvind Kejriwal," Haasan says and tells people,"You are the crowd of leaders. Memorise the name. We have a responsibilty from now one. This is not a one day thing. It is going to be a way of life."

  • 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. 

  • 20:04 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan is yet to say what his party stands for

    Kamal Haasan is yet to say what his party stands for and what should they be following. Before the launch, he had expressed confidence that he would succeed with his Dravidian brand of politics, as opposed to the other superstar-turned-politician Rajinikanth, who plans to follow a spiritual brand of politics.- News 18

  • 19:58 (IST)

    People who have gathered here are enraged by corruption: Haasan

    "I have shown you a morsel of the government I can cook for people here. The people who have gathered here are people who have enraged by the corruption prevalent in the state," says Kamal Haasan.

  • 19:57 (IST)

    Haasan refused gifts like shawls before launch of party

    Kamal Haasan had said even before the start of the party that no shawls or other items should be gifted. "The chairs present on the stage should be of the same type and stature and there should be no special seating for anyone on stage. All should be uniform," says his supporter.

  • 19:46 (IST)

    Flag of Haasan's party Makkal Needhi Maiam

  • 19:43 (IST)

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP Tamil Nadu in-charge Somnath Bharti at the launch

  • 19:38 (IST)

    I will be seeking your political advice, Haasan tells public

    "You must be an example to the present day political system and I will be seeking your suggestion rather than giving you speeches," Kamal Haasan tells the people. 

  • 19:36 (IST)

    Name of party is 'Makkal Needhi Maiam'

    Kamal Haasan tells the cheering crowd,"This is your party. A party for the people. I am just your tool, not your leader. This is a crowd filled with leaders.The name of this party is. . .  'Makkal Needhi Maiam'. I am not a leader who will give advice to the followers, I am a follower who asks for advice."

  • 19:34 (IST)

    I am not your Thalaivar, I am one amongst you, says Kamal Haasan

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan arrives on stage, unfurls political flag

  • 19:22 (IST)

    One lakh fans await arrival of 'Nammavar' Haasan

    The actor and Arvind Kejriwal had gone to a hotel where Haasan was staying after leaving the airport. After leaving the hotel they headed to Othakadai ground in the same black convoy. Thousands await the arrival of the superstar turned politician. 

  • 19:06 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal en route to Othakadai ground

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives in Madurai

  • Fans lining up to see reel-life hero, but hard yards lie ahead

    "If Kamal thinks the people will fall for this rather well-organised, well-choreographed event, hook, line and sinker, he is mistaken. The Tamil Nadu voter of 2018, thanks to the proliferation of quality debates on Tamil TV news channels and social media, is far more discerning than the generation that blindly voted for an MGR, bowled over by his scripted do-gooder act on celluloid. Reel was deemed to be real four decades ago, but today the perceptive voter knows to separate the wheat from the chaff." Read more here.

  • 17:58 (IST)

    Visuals from Madurai's Othakadai ground where thousands wait for 'Nammavar' Haasan

  • 17:52 (IST)

    'His behaviour is still that of an actor, not of a politician', says AIADMK's KC Palanisamy

    AIADMK leader KC Palanisamy tells India Today that he still has the adulation of a star and actor but he has to prove his mettle as a politician. 

  • 17:40 (IST)

    Thousands gather to receive Kamal Haasan in Madurai

  • 17:22 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan to launch his party shortly

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Madurai has always been a preferred destination for politicians

    Considered the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, former chief minister MG Ramachandran always fought elections in and around Madurai. Actor Vijaykanth also launched his party there in 2005.Haasan's hometown Paramakudi was originally a part of Madurai till other districts were carved out of it for improved administration. Politicians have always considered Madurai important and until they have a hold on it, they are rarely considered powerful.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Is Haasan another Kejriwal in the making?

    Kamal Haasan is promising a state free of corruption, however, it isn't the first time that a political leader has promised something like this and failed to deliver. Earlier, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also promised a corruption-free government but failed to deliver any of it. - CNN-News 18

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Actor is en route to Madurai; distance to be covered in 2 hours 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu BJP leader says Kamal may have "started party to compete against someone"

    Across Tamil Nadu, several flags in white with Tamil Nadu map in black, bear the tag line "Naalai Namadhe" meaning "Tomorrow is Ours" especially in Rameswaram. Bharatiya Janata Party's Tamil Nadu unit leader Tamilisai Soundararajan told News 18 reporters that Kamal may have "started a political party to compete against someone".- News 18

  • 15:51 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan heads to Madurai for 'big event', will receive Arvind Kejriwal at airport

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Actor drives past hometown, tells people will return later

    Amid expectations of people in Paramakudi, Haasan drives past and says he has to head to Madurai for the big event. People are clearly disappointed as they realise that actor never got out of his car or interacted with anyone. - NDTV

  • 15:37 (IST)

    LED screen falls at Haasan's launch venue, none injured

    A giant LED screen erected at the venue, where actor Kamal Haasan is scheduled to launch his political party here, collapsed due to heavy winds on Wednesday, police said. However, no one was injured, they said. The incident occurred hours before Haasan is to unveil the name and flag of his political party.Read more here- PTI

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan reaches his hometown Paramakudi

  • 15:15 (IST)

    Fishermen were disappointed at Haasan's limited interaction

    Many fishermen thought the actor would be there for an hour an half to listen to their issues but Haasan barely spent seven minutes. At Paramakudi, his hometown, the actor was supposed to address the public but he simply told people from the car that he would be back at a later date. - NDTV

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan says no politics involved in visiting APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial

    Actor Kamal Haasan, who was upset at not being allowed admission into Kalam's school by the administration, said that no one can stop him from learning and there was no politics involved in his plan to visit the memorial and the school.Recalling the lyrics of a song from one of his films, Kamal Haasan said he was prepared to learn if required "by breaking barriers".  - CNN-News 18

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.

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

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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Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 22:29:04 IST

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