Veteran actor Kamal Haasan launched his political party on Wednesday with the name 'Makkal Neethi Maiyyam' at a grand function at Othakadai in Madurai.
Speaking at the event, the actor-turned-politician said, "You must be an example to the present day political system and I will be seeking your suggestion rather than giving you speeches".
The function, attended by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and others, began with the hoisting of the party flag. The flag of his party is a set of hands holding one another by the wrist with a star in the middle.
HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS:
08:38 pm: 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: Arvind Kejriwal in Madurai
07:37 pm: You must be an example to the present day political system and I will be seeking your suggestion rather than giving you speeches
My party's name is 'Makkal Neethi Maiyyam': Kamal Haasan pic.twitter.com/LqEjj7YMAN— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2018
1:30 pm: Kamal Haasan said there was "no politics" involved in his visit to the late APJ Abdul Kalam's residence.
1:09 pm: "Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man's simple abode," the actor added in a tweet.
12:02 pm: Speaking to the fishing community in Rameswaram, Haasan said that it is one of the most important industry in Tamil Nadu. He would be back to listen to the suggestions made by the fisherfolks.
— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2018
11:05 am: Several flags in white with Tamil Nadu map in black, sporting the tag line "Naalai Namadhe" meaning "Tomorrow is Ours" were seen flying in Rameswaram.
10.06 am: The veteran actor slightly tweaked his schedule for the day, cancelling his visit to a school, after the local administration reportedly denied him permission to visit it.
09:30 am: Kamal Haasan interacts with fishermen community in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram.
Greatness can come from the simplest of houses and this is one of them. I am touched: Kamal Haasan after visiting APJ Abdul Kalam's house & meeting his brother & sister-in-law in Rameswaram #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/QDxsIGDenK— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2018
8:42 am: The veteran actor would leave for Madurai and address public meetings in Ramanathapuram, Manamadurai and Paramakudi.
Tamil Nadu: Kamal Haasan visits APJ Abdul Kalam's house in Rameswaram. pic.twitter.com/fp10vi4atL— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2018
08:05 am: 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"
07:55 am: The actor is also expected to address fishermen after vising former president APJ Abdul Kalam's house and getting blessings from the late leader's elder brother. Haasan would also visit the memorial of Kalam.
Tamil Nadu: Kamal Haasan leaves after visiting APJ Abdul Kalam's house in Rameswaram. pic.twitter.com/m8NxR8V8he— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2018
08:00 am: Kamal Haasan was given a rousing welcome by his supporters when he arrived in Rameswaram on Tuesday where his supporters raised slogans "Hail Varungala Muthalvere"(future chief minister) Hail Kamal Haasan".
07:55 am: While announcing his political tour last month, the actor had said he too shared the vision of Kalam who dreamt of a "good Tamil Nadu."
07:54 am: In a tweet, Haasan welcomed people to attend his party launch to "create a new era." "I am going to explain (about my) new party and the gyst of our policies.. Please come, to create a new era," he said. "Our long journey is starting tomorrow. I am going to hoist our party flag at 6 PM at Othakadai grounds in Madurai," he said.