News WrapGet Handpicked Stories from our editors directly to your mailbox

Kamal Hassan's party Makkal Needhi Maiam's symbol represents six southern states

The symbol of actor Kamal Haasan's new political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam represents six southern states.

Kamal Hassan's party Makkal Needhi Maiam's symbol represents six southern states
The flag of the Makkal Needhi Maiam features hands holding each other. (Picture: Twitter/@ANI)

Madurai: Veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan who launched his political outfit 'Makkal Needhi Maiam' on Wednesday, said that his party represents the six southern states.

While launching his party, the Tamil acting legend said that he drew inspiration from each and every one.

The six 'enjoining hands' symbol of 'Makkal Needhi Maiam' represents Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and one Union Territory Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.

Hassan, while speaking at the launch of the party, said, "I picked ideologies from everyone".

The actor said that he had kept his party's name 'Maiam' (Centre) because it did not belong to either Left or Right.

"People ask me what is Maiam, and if I am a Left or a Right. This is why I have kept my party's name 'Maiam', which means centre. The six hands in my party symbol represent six states and the star in the middle represents people," Haasan said.

Outlining the objectives and future goals of his party, Hassan said that his party would work on providing quality education to all and diminishing caste and religion difference in the society.

"We will work on many issues including these. We will set an example; fight corruption together. People have unfortunately sold their votes for merely Rs 6,000. People ask me if I will give them money. My answer is no, I will not. If you accept money, you cannot ask your representative for anything," he said.

Haasan said that all these years he was in people's heart and now he wants to be a part of their residence, "I am the lamp in your house, which does not flicker in winds of corruption."

When asked who his inspiration is - Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi or Periyar EV Ramasamy, the veteran Tamil actor said that he liked and was inspired from all, including Arvind Kejriwal, N Chandrababu Naidu, Pinarayi Vijayan, and Barack Obama.

Speaking about his two daughters - Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan – Hassan said that they were free to decide whether to join him in this new journey or not.

Interestingly, the two attended the launch of Hassan's new political outfit.

(With Agency inputs)