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Kamal Haasan enters politics; names his party 'Makkal Needhi Maiam'

By Madhuri Adnal
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    Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday began his political journey. He formally announced the name of his political party in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He said his party will be called Makkal Needhi Maiam. 

    Taking to Twitter, he tweeted his official website name Maiam and asked his supporters to join in. And also his official Twitter @maiamofficial where he already got 7000 followers so far. One can also follow his paprty on facebook: @maiamofficial

    Kamal Haasan begins his political journey; names his party 'Makkal Needhi Maiam'

    Warning his critics, Haasan said,"Tamil Nadu's soul is burning today. Fingers which are drenched in corruption will be burnt. He told his supporters that there will be many more public meetings and this will not be a one-off thing.

    "This is not a one-day thing. This will be a way of life. We are going to create a people's party, today is one example.There will be many such public meetings." Haasan then invited Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on stage.

    About the flag

    Haasan has avoided the word Dravidian in the name of his party and has preferred the term Makkal (people) to denote inclusiveness and even his party symbol on the flag - joined hands in red, white and black colour scheme --denotes unity and fight for justice for the people of Tamil Nadu, said a person from Haasan's team who did not want to be named .

    "I am not a thalaiva (leader or boss), I am one among you," Haasan's opening remarks after unfurling the party flag sets the tone and tenor of his political messaging.

    Earlier, addressing his first political rally, Haasan said, "The past will remain the past, but it will not be forgotten. How long can we keep waiting for justice?"

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