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Kamal Haasan launches his political party 'Makkal Needhi Maiyam': Here are the highlights

By Chennabasaveshwar

Big day in Tamil Nadu politics. Actor Kamal Haasan launched his political party in the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu Madurai. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP Tamil Nadu in charge Somnath Bharti were present in the historic moment. Kamal Haasan started his day with the visit to late president APJ Abdul Kalam's home in Rameswaram and sought blessings from Abdul Kalam's brother.

Kamal Haasan launches his political party 'Makkal Needhi Maiyam'

Kamal has named his party 'Makkal Needhi Maiyam'. Also, tweeted his official website name 'Maiam' and asked his supporters to join in. His official Twitter handle @maiamofficial has ready got 7000 followers. One can also follow his paprty on facebook: @maiamofficial.

Haasan said, "I am entering politics only because the ruling AIADMK party is bad, that is why I am not meeting any of them.''

Haasan told media that he would launch his political party and unfurl party flag and declare the ideas and ideology of my political journey.

Haasan had earlier said that he would start touring Tamil Nadu, beginning with his hometown in Ramanathapuram, on February 21. Kamal had also said that he would reveal the name of his party on the same day. He calls this tour a "journey of discovery" during which he will attempt to "understand people's needs and aspirations".

Newest First Oldest First
8:34 PM, 21 Feb
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 record of people of Delhi, said Arvind Kejriwal in Madurai
8:33 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal’s daughter Shruti Haasan has wished her father “all the success on his first step of a million more toward change and political reform”. Quoting his ‘favourite’ Mahatma Gandhi, she tweeted, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” “I’m certain your determination and perseverance toward truth and justice we have witnessed in our family, will now be seen by everyone in our wonderful home of Tamil Nadu,” she wrote.
8:22 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan said that those present for the launch of his political party must be an example to the present day political system. “I will be seeking your suggestion rather than giving you speeches. I have shown you a morsel of the government I can cook for people here. The people who have gathered here are people who have enraged by the corruption prevalent in the state," he says.
7:45 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan thanks Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for attending the launch and invites him on stage.
7:43 PM, 21 Feb
Make this noise once I announce the name. This is a party for the people. I am not a leader. The name of the party is 'Makkal Needhi Maiyam' says Kamal Haasan
7:42 PM, 21 Feb
This is not a one day thing. This is a long term goal, says Kamal Haasan
7:33 PM, 21 Feb
Rock star welcome to Kamal Haasan. He begins his speech.
7:14 PM, 21 Feb
Venue of public meeting in Madurai. Visual of people waiting for Kamal Haasan's arrival.
7:11 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan, Arvind Kejriwal on route to Othakadai ground
6:48 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan on the way to venue, according to Tamil media.
6:46 PM, 21 Feb
A twitter handle following the developments of today's mega event posted a picture of the venue in Madurai
6:09 PM, 21 Feb
TOI reports that Madurai wears a festive look, with enthusiastic fans dancing to the beats of 'Parai'. Several groups are performing one after another and keeping audience engaged.
5:35 PM, 21 Feb
In Tamil Nadu, politicians have always considered Madurai important.They are rarely considered powerful until and unless they have a hold on Madurai
5:27 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan heads to Madurai for 'big event'. Kamal will receive Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at airport.
3:33 PM, 21 Feb
Supporters surround Kamal Haasan's car in Paramakudi. He addressed the crowd from his car.
3:25 PM, 21 Feb
A fan from London flew in for Kamal Haasan's major political entry, reports Times Now
3:19 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan gets rousing welcome in Paramakudi, his native town
3:11 PM, 21 Feb
Huge crowd expected at the Madurai function
3:07 PM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan arrives in Ramanathapuram, reports NDTV
1:56 PM, 21 Feb
Not much political space for Haasan's party in Tamil Nadu: Congress leader Veerappa Moily
1:55 PM, 21 Feb
Earlier Kamal Haasan visited Kalam Memorial in Ramanathapuram in TamilNadu.
11:08 AM, 21 Feb
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu spoke to Kamal Haasan over phone Tuesday night. "He (Naidu) wanted me to offer solutions to problems than mere policies," says Kamal
11:03 AM, 21 Feb
Kama Haasan says,"My political journey begins. Serving people is my priority. I live in people's hearts."
10:56 AM, 21 Feb
Kamal says, "since he couldn't speak to them properly at Ganesh Mahal due to media presence, he will speak to them separately again.
10:55 AM, 21 Feb
On Kalam, Kamal says,"The former president was a great source of inspiration for him."
10:55 AM, 21 Feb
Haasan says he hopes to hoist his party flag in front of all his supporters in Madurai.
10:53 AM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan address media in Rameswaram
10:29 AM, 21 Feb
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan wishes Kamal Haasan on his party launch
10:27 AM, 21 Feb
Cricketer R Ashwin tweeted as Kamal Haasan is set to launch his political party.
10:10 AM, 21 Feb
Kamal Haasan to address media at Hyatt before leaving for Kalam's memorial

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