Several politicians are likely to attend actor and aspiring politician Kamal Haasan’s political party launch in Madurai tomorrow. So far, it has been confirmed that Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party’s leader Arvind Kejriwal will be attending the event.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to attend the launching of Kamal Hassan’s political party tomorrow (File Pic) pic.twitter.com/yHNVlQJFWw
— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
Few months before confirming his foray into politics, Haasan and Kejriwal had a meeting in September last year at Haasan’s Eldam’s Road residence. The meeting, as Haasan said, was more of a “learning curve” for him as he recognised that the two have a common aim – to fight corruption.
While Kejriwal is the only politician so far to have confirmed his attendance for the launch, there are speculations that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Kerala CM Pinrayi Vijayan, and Bihar’s CM Nitish Kumar may attend too.
Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal likely to attend the Madurai rally of @ikamalhaasan , Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar are other VIP names though their participation is not yet confirmed. @IndianExpress
— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) February 20, 2018
For the event, Haasan has given it all, paying several courtesy visits to leaders and inviting them for the launch. On Sunday, he met actor and another aspiring politician Rajinikanth at his Poes Garden residence. That same evening, Haasan met DMK supremo, M Karunanidhi, and working president of DMK, MK Stalin, at their Gopalapuram residence. On Monday, he met DMDK Chief Vijayakanth at the party office.
Latest reports show that the actor also meet Naam Tamizhar’s party leader Seeman this morning at Haasan’s residence.
சென்னை ஆழ்வார்பேட்டை இல்லத்தில் கமல்ஹாசனுடன் நாம் தமிழர் கட்சி ஒருங்கிணைப்பாளர் சீமான் சந்திப்பு pic.twitter.com/reoBDYlEVN
— Dinamalar (@dinamalarweb) February 20, 2018
. @ikamalhaasan met #NaamTamizhar party leader #Seeman in Chennai this morning.. pic.twitter.com/cpTBU8ZJ8K
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) February 20, 2018
While Haasan has made several visits to eminent political figures in the city in the last few days, he has, however, not paid a visit to either the BJP or AIADMK party members. On not meeting the latter, the actor was quoted as saying: “I’ve been saying that the state is poorly governed. Why would I meet AIADMK leaders?”
Ever since the death of former CM J Jayalalithaa, Haasan has been critical of what the party has been indulging in since the beginning of 2017, blaming them for the rampant corruption in the state.
He has also been critical of the presence of ‘saffron hue’ in Tamil Nadu and has had public spats with members of the BJP, including H Raja and Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Kamal Haasan will officially begin his political tour tomorrow, beginning at his birthplace Ramanathapuram. He had earlier said that his tour is being planned in ‘phases’, and that there will be many tours in the future. He will also announce the name of his party during his tour. Haasan plans on meeting and spending time with people in the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai. He has invited the public to join him at Madurai’s Othakkadai, where he will speak about the essence of his party.
நாளை துவங்கவுள்ளது நம் நெடும் பயணம். நாளை மாலை 6 மணிக்கு மதுரை ஒத்தக்கடை மைதானத்தில் ஒரு மாபெரும் பொதுக்கூட்டத்தில் நமது கட்சிக் கொடியை ஏற்றவுள்ளேன். புதிய கட்சியின் பெயரையும் எமது கொள்கையின் சாராம்சத்தையும் விளக்கவுள்ளேன். வருக வருக புது யுகம் படைக்க #maiam
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 20, 2018
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