Kamal Haasan launches his political party, names it Makkal Needhi Maiam

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He dismissed Mr. Naidu's congratulatory call to Mr. Haasan on the launch of the latter's political outfit as a "social courtesy" and not a stormy portend for NDA politics. "It was in Madurai that Gandhi changed his (style of) dress", he said.

Recalling the launch of his own AAP, he said, "The people of Delhi had rejected both BJP and Congress and gave us 67 seats".

Calling himself a "front line worker" who is part of the larger one crore cadres of DMK, Stalin said he would continue the interactive sessions with party workers and once again assured of steps for the "party's victorious forward march".

During the past few days, Kamal seems to have done nearly everything right. The first question posed to him is where has he been all this while and why did he decide to join politics now.

Tamil film star Kamal Haasan has formally launched his political party in Madurai on Wednesday evening.

That's why he seems to have worked carefully on the optics.

"People ask me what is this "Maiam"?"

Makkal Needhi Maiam, which roughly means "People's Justice Forum" aspires to revolutionise Tamil Nadu politics dominated by DMK and AIADMK for about half a century.

Kamal's meeting with these leaders and the cordial relations that he has tried to have with them comes as a breath of fresh air. With confidence in his endeavour, Haasan is assured of his success with his Dravidian politics. Haasan has in the past made it clear that he will not go towards the right-wing BJP. In 2004, Kamal Haasan also played the title role of "Virumaandi" or bull-tamer. Some posters proudly say - "Kamal is a second Kalam". Kamal offers an honest political alternative. Rajini's advise was backed by the most credible evidence possible in Tamil politics - that of Sivaji Ganesan himself.

After starting his tour from the home of former president A.P.J.

Haasan visited House of Kalam in Rameswaram in this district and was received warmly by the ex-president's family members.

The AIADMK, which runs the incumbent government in the state, has faced the maximum brunt of Haasan's political barbs so far. "I am not here to seek membership for my party".

"I am not a leader but a tool".