Kamal Haasan Political Party Launch Live: APJ Abdul Kalam Is A True Patriot, Says Kamal Haasan At Press Meet

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Kamal Haasan Political Party Launch Live: APJ Abdul Kalam Is A True Patriot, Says Kamal Haasan At Press Meet

Kamal Haasan visited former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s home in Rameswaram today. The 63-year-old is later scheduled to address public meetings in Ramanathapuram, Manamadurai and Paramakudi, his home town, before launching his new political party by flying its flag in Madurai.

AMESWARAM, TAMIL NADU:  Veteran actor Kamal Haasan is set to launch his political party today and reached Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram early this morning where he was given a rousing welcome by his supporters. Mr Haasan set out on a yatra from the island and will launch his political party in Madurai later in the day. He addressed the fishermen community and said, “Different governments have made different promises and then when people ask why the promises are not met, they bring different problems in front of them.” Mr Haasan also met Abdul Kalam’s elder brother at his residence. He is to address public meetings in Ramanathapuram, Manamadurai and Paramakudi, his home town. While announcing his political tour last month, the actor had said he too shared the vision of Mr Kalam who dreamt of a “good Tamil Nadu”. By launching his tour from the residence of Mr Kalam, he would be moving forward towards that goal, he had said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend Mr Haasan’s party launch, the actor’s camp said. “Mr Kejriwal will attend the evening public meeting in Madurai tomorrow,” sources close to the actor has said. The AAP supremo was also likely to address the meeting, they added. Mr Kejriwal had called on Mr Haasan in Chennai in September 2017, when the award-winning actor had started dropping hints of taking the political plunge.

Here are the live updates of Kamal Haasan’s party launch

Feb 21, 2018
11:00 (IST)

 
Kamal Haasan addressing a press meet: 
 
  • Mr Haasan met leaders of the fishemen association. “I want to get introduced to all you leaders. I wanted to introduce my press friends to you guys.”
  • “The Government has not thought of us in the last 4 years. The fishermen here are in deep trouble. The jails here are in a bad state. Thank you for listening to us, our fishemen friend,” fishemen association leader says to kamal Haasan
  • Consider my hug as a shawl that I would have put around you to felicitate you, says Mr Haasan
  • Let the press be the joining force between these people and all of us. APJ Kalam came from this really small house, I am very happy that he is the guide. He is a true patriot. I wanted to go to his school, there was no politics in that. They can only block me from going there, they can’t block me from learning what I want to learn.
  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is coming to attend the eeting. Some others will also try to be present. Chandrababu Naidu called me last night. Everyone keeps asking me what my political inclinations are, I asked Chandrababu Naidu. He told me not to worry about that. He said the people’s request will be the political inclination.
  • “I don’t see too many differences between films and politics. the both of them need the support of people just about equally, but the responsibility in politics is a lot bigger. Whatever money I have is the money of the public.”
  • “I chose February 21 to make this announcement because today is International Mother Language Day, hence I chose today.”
  • “I will take only the good from different political ideologies.”
  • “Namavar whioch means ‘our man’ that is what I want to be.”
  • “I am a great fan of Gandhi, this is the place he changed his attire.”

 

Feb 21, 2018
10:35 (IST)
Kamal Haasan arrives for the press conference at Rameshwaram. He is to be joined by local leaders.

Feb 21, 2018
10:06 (IST)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves from his Delhi residence to attend Kamal Haasan’s party launch that will take place later in the day.
Feb 21, 2018
09:50 (IST)

In Madurai and all along the route from Rameswaram to the temple town, there are posters that picturise Kamal Haasan in different political roles in which his fans and supporters would like to see him.
Feb 21, 2018
09:36 (IST)

Kamal Haasan addresses fishermen community in Ganesh Mahal, Rameshwaram
  • “Different governments have made different promises and then when people ask why the promises are not met, they bring different problems in front of them”
  • “I will announce my party in the evening. I want all of you guys to come and join hands.”
  • “I will come again and I want to talk to you guys. I will take your questions. I will find answers. I want to fix a date soon. Let’s fix a date.”
  • “I don’t want to take your questions through post or press, I want to take them personally, upfront.”
Feb 21, 2018
09:28 (IST)

Kamal Haasan’s School mate:
It is up to Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan to shake hands or not. They are coming to politics to do good because we are in a problem. Like their films, their partnership could also be good.
He could be a school drop-out, but he has all the knowledge in the world.
Feb 21, 2018
09:22 (IST)
Fans greet Kamal Haasan ahead of his arrival at the fishermen’s meeting.

Feb 21, 2018
09:12 (IST)

Scene outside APJ Abdul Kalam’s residence ahead of Kamal Haasan’s arrival there this morning.

Feb 21, 2018
08:43 (IST)
Fishermen are waiting at Ganesh Mahal in Rameswaram, where Kamal Haasan will meet the community and interact with them.

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Feb 21, 2018
08:40 (IST)
At the house of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, where he met the leader’s brother, the veteran actor had breakfast. Mr Haasan started his day with visit to Kalam House.
Feb 21, 2018
08:36 (IST)
Traditional welcome for Kamal Haasan at the venue where the veteran actor will meet fishermen and interact with them before floating a new political party.
Feb 21, 2018
08:27 (IST)
During his visit to Kalam House at Rameswaram, the actor briefly interacted with Kalam’s non-agenarian brother Mohammed Muthumeera Lebbai Maraikkayar while being flanked by other close relatives of the former President.
Feb 21, 2018
08:21 (IST)
Kamal Haasan is now headed to meet fishermen and talk to them. He will interact with the fishermen and listen to their concerns.
Feb 21, 2018
08:16 (IST)
Kamal Hasaan reached 10 minutes earlier at the resident of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, where he met the leader’s brother. He has now left the house of Mr Kalam in Rameswaram. Huge crowd gathered outside the residence.
Feb 21, 2018
08:04 (IST)
Kamal Haasan’s visit to the school in Rameswaram, where APJ Kalam studied, has been cancelled, reports news agency ANI.
Feb 21, 2018
08:02 (IST)
Meanwhile, cricketer R Ashwin tweeted: “A day where another superstar actor from TN launches his political party this evening. The political landscape is set for a massive change? #KamalHaasan”
Feb 21, 2018
07:59 (IST)
Kamal Haasan meets brother of former president APJ Abdul Kalam at his house in Rameswaram. The veteran actor sought his blessings as he is set to take plunge into politics. Later in the day he will announce his political party.
Feb 21, 2018
07:56 (IST)
Huge crowd outside former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s house as Kamal Haasan reaches.

Feb 21, 2018

07:52 (IST)
Kamal Haasan reaches the house of former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Here he will be meeting Mr Kalam’s brother as he embarks on his political journey.
Feb 21, 2018
07:44 (IST)
In Madurai and all along the route from Rameswaram to the temple town, there are posters that picturise Kamal Haasan in different political roles in which his fans and supporters would like to see him.
Feb 21, 2018
06:24 (IST)
Kamal Haasan’s supporters raised slogans “Hail Varungala Muthalvere“(future chief minister) Hail Kamal Haasan” as he arrived in his native Ramanathapuram district in southern Tamil Nadu.
Feb 21, 2018
06:21 (IST)
Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who is set to launch his political party today, was given a rousing welcome by his supporters when he arrived in Rameswaram on Tuesday.

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