Chennai, Sep 13: Of late, we have been witnessing noted Tamil actor-director Kamal Haasan taking great interest in political activities in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Rumours have been doing the rounds that the national award-winning actor is planning for a political plunge before his colleague and friend Rajinikanth does so.
Now, a report by The Indian Express stated that Haasan is planning to float his own political party by the end of September.
The actor-director is in a hurry to announce his political party so that he and his colleagues can officially take part in the local body elections likely to take place in November.
"Preparations to float a political party is in progress and the announcement is likely in a few days. Vijayadashami or Gandhi Jayanti may be considered appropriate to make the announcement," said a close aide of the actor to The Indian Express.
"He is yet to share the final details with leaders of his fans' groups but the upcoming local body elections have made it a necessity for him to step in," the close aide of Haasan added.
Many feel that it is the right time for the actor to enter politics as Tamil Nadu has been in a state of political limbo since the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Moreover, there is also likelihood of alliance formation on part of the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and various factions of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
"This is the crucial time to enter. He thinks that there is a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu. He is overwhelmed by the response from the public on his recent statements taking on politicians in the state. He is busy meeting key faces of his fans' groups besides sharing his ideas and draft papers for the new party with people whom he respects," another close aide of the actor told The Indian Express.
Recently, the 62-year-old actor met Kerala Chief Minister and CPI(M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram. After the meeting, Haasan said that he was considering an entry in politics and would be "in the middle of things, not leaning to any side".