Kamal Haasan launches his political party: As it happened

Superstar Kamal Haasan's is set to begin his journey on Wednesday as he is likely to launch his political party in Madurai. In an action-packed event, which will be attended by top political leaders and public figures, the actor who has made a mark in Tamil as well as Indian film industry, will announce his party's ideologies, apart from revealing party's name and flag.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 21:20
Pic courtesy: Twitter/@maiamofficial

Madurai: Actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday launched his political party, naming it "Makkal Needhi Mayyam," and unveiled its flag that symbolises the strength of unity.

"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."

The party flag was unveiled just before Haasan announced the name of his party with a brief pause heightening the dramatic effect as the huge crowd roared its approval.

Citing a Tamil proverb of 'Oru Soru,' which means a small example of a whole lot, he said the launch was just the first step for 'makkal atchi,' (people's rule).

Clad in a white shirt and black trousers, a smiling Haasan arrived on the stage showing the thumbs up sign to his fans who had arrived in large numbers to announce the party name.

 

21 February 2018, 21:03 PM

People ask me what is this 'Maiam' and if I am left or right? That is why I kept the name 'Maiam', which means centre. Six hands in my party symbol represent six states, star in the middle represents people, says Haasan. 

21 February 2018, 20:57 PM

People ask about my ideology, here it is -good quality education must reach all,  and religious games played on us must be stopped.corruption has to be eradicated, says Haasan.

21 February 2018, 20:35 PM

21 February 2018, 20:34 PM

People of Delhi rejected both BJP and Congress and gave us 67 seats, the kind of response I am seeing here I am sure people of Tamil Nadu will break the record of people of Delhi, says Arvind Kejriwal in Madurai.

Friends, if you want corruption go vote for DMK and AIDMK, if you want schools, hospitals, water, electricity vote for Kamal Haasan, he adds. 

21 February 2018, 20:33 PM

I really admire him for the courage he has shown in the last few years, says Kejriwal. 

21 February 2018, 20:33 PM

I am standing here not because he (Haasan) is a great film actor but because he is a real-life hero, says Kejriwal. 

21 February 2018, 20:30 PM

I want to congratulate Kamal Haasan and his team for starting this political alternative, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Madurai.

21 February 2018, 20:22 PM

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21 February 2018, 19:50 PM

21 February 2018, 19:49 PM

I will be seeking your suggestion rather than giving you speeches, Haasan tells the gathering.

21 February 2018, 19:49 PM

I will be seeking your suggestion rather than giving you speeches, Haasan tells the gathering.

21 February 2018, 19:48 PM

The actor also unfurled the flag of the new party, which featured hands holding each other.

21 February 2018, 19:45 PM

We are going to create a people’s government, says Haasan in Madurai. 

21 February 2018, 19:45 PM

We are going to create a people’s government, says Haasan in Madurai. 

21 February 2018, 19:44 PM

21 February 2018, 19:44 PM

21 February 2018, 19:43 PM

Kamal Haasan launches his party, names it - Makkal Needhi Maiam (People's Justice Party).

21 February 2018, 09:58 AM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is expected to attend the launch event of Kamal Haasan's political party in Madurai.

21 February 2018, 09:57 AM

Kamal Haasan visited the residence of late president Abdul Kalam ahead of the launch of his party.

21 February 2018, 09:35 AM

Kamal Haasan addresses supporters in Rameswaram, meets members of fisherman community, as he starts his state-wide tour ahead of political party launch.

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