Kamal calls his party 'Makkal Needhi Mayyam'

By PTI Published on Feb 22, 2018 09:56 AM IST

Kamal Haasan with party flag in background.

Madurai: Amid fanfare, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in attendance, actor Kamal Haasan has launched his political party, calling it 'Makkal Needhi Mayyam', and unfurled its flag that symbolises the strength of unity.

"I am not your leader, I am your tool... this gathering is full of leaders," he said moments before announcing the party's name last evening, that roughly translates into 'Centre for People's Justice'.

"This is a party made for you, for the people...," he said to thunderous applause. The top actor told his supporters that they have a duty, reminding them that this was not a "one-day event".

"This is going to become a way of life for us, let us remember that."

He asked his followers to realise that they have a big responsibility and they had to be pioneers. "I am not a leader to give advice. I am a worker to listen to your advice," Haasan said.

Besides Kejriwal, senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti, farmers' leader P R Pandian were among those who were on the dais for the launch event.