India film star Kamal Haasan launches political party

7 moments from Kamal Haasan’s first outing as a political leader

I'm in politics because AIADMK is bad: Kamal Haasan

Well, Kamal Haasan just announced his political party and surely people are looking quite excited about it. "This is your party". Ours is a peoples' party. He said that he is no longer an actor but a lamp in people's home. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was joining him for the launch of his new party in Madurai.

Mr. Haasan's political leanings are to the Left of the ideological divide and the BJP has been at the receiving end of some of his political rhetoric in the past.

BJP's state unit leader Tamilisai Soundararajan made a series of caustic remarks, claiming Haasan had entered politics to "compete with someone", seemingly referring to Rajinikanth. "I have come here to become one among you".

Chaired by Stalin, interactive sessions with party functionaries, from the lowest rung of village panchayat level secretary to district secretaries, started on 1 February and is scheduled to go on till 22 March at the party headquarters "Anna Arivalayam" here. The party symbol which represents six hands are interlinked together around a star, is in the colours of red, white and black.

Hours before launching his political party, veteran actor Kamal Haasan visits the residence of former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram and interacts with his family members. "The political arena is watching how much distance a bird can fly on the strength of its wings", he had said. "I want your support in this new journey and also your guidance" The Times of India reported.


He will kick off his statewide tour on Wednesday, 21st with the launch of his political party and its "guiding principles" in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu has been politically unstable since the death previous year of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, also a former film star.

Haasan had also earlier urged his fans to continue questioning the government and calling his fans to be ready to march towards Fort St. George in Chennai, where the Tamil Nadu Assembly is located.

In a letter written to the DMK cadres in the state, Stalin said Haasan's entry into politics can not hurt the prospects of the party founded by Karunanidhi.

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