Kamal Haasan launches party, unveils party flag

Kamal Haasan to officially kick start his political journey from Madurai today

Haasan had past year announced his entry into politics, saying he would launch his own political party in February 2018. The party called "Makkal Needhi Maiam" is now in action.

"I am not your leader, I am your tool. this gathering is full of leaders", he said moments before announcing the party's name that roughly translates to "Centre for People's Justice". "This is a party for the people", he said in Tamil at the party's launch in Madurai, an industrial and education city known for its temples. Simultaneously, the same was unveiled on all the social media platforms with a message that the party is yours (people) and it is here to stay.

He was joined at the launch by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, which was born out of an anti-corruption movement.

"The best thing I admire in Kamal Haasan ji is his courage. his courage to speak up and fight the forces of injustice and communalism in this country", said Kejriwal.

Speaking at the event, Haasan said: "We have a future".

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"Kalam who came from a simple house is an important person for me. a role model". He first made a visit to Rameshwaram to APJ Kalam's birthplace, he met with his family and continued his journey from there.He also visited Kalam's school. Kamal has been really vocal about his next obvious step to become a politician and do the deeds he could not have as a film star.

His supporters waved banners sporting popular catch words from his movies like Nammavarey, (Our man) and placards of Nalai Namathey, showing a smiling Haasan.

Before the launch, Haasan is scheduled to address public meetings at Manamadurai, Paramakudi and Ramanathapuram.

There have been several examples of former actors who have left a mark in politics in Tamil Nadu. The actor said he would not forget the hurdles the current regime has been posing to his party.

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