Kamal Haasan to officially kick start his political journey from Madurai today

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Chennai: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan will unveil his party name and flag at a public meeting in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on Wednesday evening.

“I will start my rally tomorrow from Rameswaram. Announcements regarding the party flag and the ideology would be unveiled in Madurai. All are invited,” Haasan said on Tuesday.

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder Arvind Kejriwal will attend the party’s launch. The AAP leader had called on Haasan in September last year.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who were also invited for the event, are expected to send video messages.

On Wednesday, Haasan would start a road show from the residence of late president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram, will move on pay respects at Kalam’s memorial, visit his hometown Paramakudi and end it in Madurai, where he will address a public meeting.

The 63-year-old actor, who had planned to visit the school in which Kalam studied, had to cancel it after being denied permission by the state school education department.

Haasan, who has been critical about the Tamil Nadu ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in the last one year and has been expressing his political interests, officially announced his political entry in November by launching a whistleblower mobile app.

A month later, Rajinikanth who first signalled his intent in politics two decades ago and made some political statements in May last year, announced his political debut. The 67-year-old actor, who is yet to launch his party, has been appointing office-bearers in the last one month.

Ahead of Haasan’s political journey, named “Naalai Namadhe” (tomorrow is ours), the actor met his colleague Rajinikanth on Sunday.

While various changes are expected in Tamil Nadu’s volatile political climate with the new entrants, in a statement addressing his party cadres, the working president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) M.K. Stalin on Tuesday said that due to seasonal changes flowers may blossom and wither away. Nevertheless, they are “paper flowers without fragrance”.

The opposition leader also added that the DMK is a banyan tree with firm roots and branches and cannot be shaken.

Haasan, who was quick to react, said, “I’m sure he (Stalin) wouldn’t have mentioned me. If that’s the case, I want to convey that I’m not a flower, but a seed.”

Stalin’s statement came just two days after the actor called upon DMK president M. Karunanidhi.

Seeman, founder of Naam Tamilar Katchi, who has been highly critical about Rajinikanth’s political venture, met Haasan on Tuesday and wished the actor for his political journey.

Ahead of his party launch, Haasan who has been meeting political leaders in the state did not meet any leaders from the ruling AIADMK. “I have been saying that they are unfit to govern the state,” Haasan said.livemint