February 21, 2018
Chennai : Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Tuesday formally began his political journey by first visiting former President late A.P.J.Abdul Kalam’s residence in Rameswaram.
He met Kalam’s elder brother and other family members at Rameswaram, around 600 km from Chennai
“Greatness can come from simple beginnings. Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man’s simple abode,” Haasan said.
However his second halt at the government school in Mandapam near Rameswaram where Kalam studied got cancelled as the district administration did not give permission, according to reports reaching here.
Speaking to a television channel a leader of an Hindu outfit said they had opposed Haasan’s visit to the school as he was trying to gain political mileage and nothing more.
Later speaking to the fishing community at Rameswaram, Haasan said fishing is one of the important industry in the state.
Haasan said he would come back again to listen to their suggestions.
He will unveil his party’s name and the flag at a public rally later in the day at Madurai.
However several flags in white with Tamil Nadu map in black sporting the tag line `Naalai Namadhe’/Tomorrow is Ours were flying in Rameswaram.
Meanwhile BJP Tamil Nadu unit leader Tamilisai Soundararajan told reporters that Haasan seems to have started a political party as if to compete against someone.
She said while anyone can float a political party, Tamil Nadu is not in a situation where only Haasan can save it.
On the other hand Dalit party leader Thol. Thirumavalan told reporters that Haasan and Rajinikanth are agents of BJP meant to pitch against DMK in Tamil Nadu.