Madurai: Kamal Haasan began his political journey on Wednesday and announces party name ‘Makkal Neethi Maiyyam’. Hours before the actor-turned-politician launched his party, the actor visited the residence of former president APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram and interacted with his family members.
“This is a party for the people. We have a responsibility. This isn’t a one day show,” Kamal Haasan said while addressing the gathering. Haasan’s party flag is a circle of hands holding one another with colours Red, White and Black.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Tamil Nadu in-charge Somnath Bharti were also present along with Haasan among others. Kejriwal had met Haasan in Chennai in September 2017, when the actor had started dropping hints of taking the political plunge.
Haasan kicked off the event with a state-wide tour in Madurai. He began his political journey by visiting the house of A P J Abdul Kalam in Ramanathapuram, describing the former president as his “role model”. Haasan received the blessings of the late leader’s centenarian brother Mohammed Muthumeeran Lebbai Maraikkayar.
“Greatness can come from simple beginnings. Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man’s simple abode,” he said in a tweet on his visit to Kalam’s residence where a large number of his supporters gathered.