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23 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 February, 2018 11:56:54 PM
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Kamal Haasan names new political party

NDTV
Kamal Haasan names new political party

Mumbai: Superstar Kamal Haasan announced the name of his new political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam at a massive function in Madurai, seen as Tamil Nadu's political capital, where he shared stage with Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who was the chief guest for the evening, reports NDTV.

"My party's name is Makkal Needhi Maiam (roughly translated to People's Justice Centre)," said the 63-year-old Mr Haasan, standing at a giant stage near the just-unveiled party flag that symbolises the party's Dravidian ideology that puts people at its core.

Elaborating on his party's ideology later, Mr Haasan said the party could not be bracketed as left or right but would draw the best from all ideologies."I'm Centre," he said, adding that this is why the party's name also included the word, centre, "This is not a one-day thing. This is a long-term goal... I am here to stay," the popular star said, adding, "I think the award for all this patience is all the allies and friends I have. One among them is Kejriwal."

Mr Kejriwal had flown into Tamil Nadu just a few minutes earlier and spent much of the evening by his side, listening to his plans for the states and asking people to vote for Kamal Haasan as well. But there are other friends as well. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who later delivered a recorded video message to the people. "This is a party for the people... I am not a leader but a follower who would listen to your suggestions," Mr Haasan said to loud cheers from the tens of thousands of people who had gathered at Madurai's grounds.

The large number of people who had turned up for his power-packed entry into politics, Mr Haasan said, "is just an example of what we can achieve".

Mr Haasan, who plans to launch a mega tour of the state to reach out to people, promised that there were going to many such political meetings.

 

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