He asked his followers to realise that they have a big responsibility and they had to be pioneers. Describing Haasan's political launch as "a paper flower", he said it would stand no chance against "a banyan tree like DMK". His announcement of the name of his party MNM was greeted with loud whistles, cheers and claps that nearly drowning his voice.
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". The legendary actor is all set to make a permanent switch to politics with the grand announcement of his party on February 21.
The party can not be shaken by anyone who is driven by ideology and it is the lifeline of the people's rights.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend actor Kamal Haasan's party launch at Ramanathapuram. "I am your instrument, you are the leaders, this is a crowd full of leaders". The party symbol which represents six hands are interlinked together around a star, is in the colours of red, white and black.
The BJP's Tamil Nadu unit leader Tamilisai Soundararajan told reporters the actor seems to have "started a political party to compete against someone", in a reference to superstar Rajinikanth, who also announced plans to enter politics, IANS reported.
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Citing a Tamil proverb of 'Oru Soru, ' which means a small example of a whole lot, he said the launch was just the first step for 'makkal atchi, ' (people's rule).
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The Chief Minister expressed hope that "Haasan would uphold to the values of secularism, democracy, and pluralistic society, where all voices are heard". His clarion call to the chief ministers of southern states to find pride in embracing their Dravidian identities has struck a chord. Cultural events preceded the lauch. The actor visited the ancestral home of former president APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram and took the blessings of Kalam's elder brother Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar, who is a centenarian.
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