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India Kejriwal, Vijayan, Chandrababu Naidu, Obama my inspiration, says Kamal Haasan after launching party

08:25  22 february  2018
08:25  22 february  2018 Source:   indiatoday.in

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A picture of Kamal Haasan with Arvind Kejriwal taken during their previous meeting.Twitter. Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan will launch his own political party at a function in Madurai that may witness the presence of chief ministers like Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala)

Kamal Haasan will kick off his state-wide tour tomorrow by launching his political party and its "guiding principles" in Madurai. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to attend Haasan ’s Madurai rally. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan , unable to attend the rally, has agreed to send a “video message” to

You could have been forgiven for thinking Kamal Haasan was at a film festival or audio launch event Wednesday night, when an impressive crowd of supporters in Madurai roared approvingly as the actor walked in and hoisted a flag.

But the ring of intertwined palms on that standard was a symbol, the symbol of the actor's new party: Makkal Needhi Maiam, or People's Justice Front.

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Kamal Haasan was radiant. He would later explain, as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal watched on, that he chose the word "maiam," or centre, to demonstrate that he was neither on the Left or the Right.

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Kamal Haasan said he was honoured by Kejriwal ’s visit and his endeavour was to seek advice Tamil movie superstar Kamal Haasan on Thursday called Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal figure in three weeks, since meeting Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.

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"I was in your hearts all these years and from now on, I will be in your homes. I will be the lamp in your house," he told his rapturous audience. He said he wasn't their leader, but merely and instrument for them to use.

And he outlined his party's ideology: Quality education for all, the end of caste and religious "games," and the eradication of corruption.

Kejriwal told the crowd to work with Kamal Haasan if they wanted hospitals, roads and schools. In a video, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said his decision to become a politician would enrich his state's political arena.

Kamal Haasan, on his part, mentioned both Kejriwal and Vijayan in a list of leaders he cited as sources of inspiration. Two others were Barack Obama and Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh's chief minister.

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Days after veteran actor Kamal Haasan hinted at launching his own political outfit, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will Prior to his meeting with Vijayan , he had also shared a stage with DMK leader MK Stalin. In the recent past, Haasan has been critical of Tamil Nadu’s ruling party , the AIADMK.

Arvind Kejriwal is making big moves for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) down South after having tried his hand in Punjab recently. With veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan all set to embark on a new journey of his life by entering politics, the Delhi chief minister is set to give him a helping hand.

Here are the top quotes from his speech.

1. A model of governance

"We will set an example of how a government should be run."

2. On his 'debt' to the Tamil People

"I have never given back to people who have given me so much. I was filled with guilt."

3. On the future of his party

"I am looking for future leaders. I am sowing seed(s) for future generations."

4. No permanent leader

"There will never be a permanent leader. Once my time comes to an end I will pass on the batton to the one (who is) well deserving."

5. On government freebie culture

"I will ensure you are empowered to buy (a) scooter by yourself. That will be my promise."

6. The best of the rest

"We will not lean towards any side, but will take all the good from every side."

7. On the symbol

"Mayyam will showcase the future of the southern region. The six hands are the representation of the six states and the star in the centre is you."

8. No cash for votes

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Revealing this, Vijayan said in a Facebook post that they have known each other for long and they always meet whenever the actor visits Kerala. A Rajini- Kamal partnership? Amidst news that he is planning to launch his own party , Haasan Arvind Kejriwal invited Kamal Haasan to join politics.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Rajinikanth at his Poes Garden residence here, Haasan said he had called on the screen idol as he was meeting "those whom I like" ahead of the launch of his political party . He has so far met chief ministers of Kerala and Delhi-- Pinarayi Vijayan and Arvind Kejriwal

I will not give money for votes.

9. The Cauvery water-sharing issue

"A proper dialogue on (the) Cauvery issue was never done, and if it had been, then today, we wouldn't be suffering and fighting for the water."

10. On the goal of the rest of his life

"My life will now be dedicated to you, to your service."


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