Let's work together for change: Kamal

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 11, 2018 03:58 PM IST

Erode: Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan today rubbished allegations that his party is funded by Christian missionaries. Kamal Haasan, who is on a trip to Erode, said, "I entered politics to usher a change."

This morning, he visited rationalist leader EVR Periyar's memorial and offered his respect. Addressing media persons, he said, "It is funny when a few allege that my political journey is funded by Christian missionaries."

He said, "Tamilnadu has been witnessing a lot of tragic incidents - a college girl stalked and killed, death of pregnant woman due to a policeman's inhuman act among others. They deserve to be condemned."

The sole aim of Makkal Needhi Maiam is to usher prosperity in the lives of Tamil people. We will strive for it, he added. Asked if he believe in Periyar's ideologies, Kamal Haasan, said, 'I had been to Periyar Thidal several times.

However I differ on his views on statues. I am sure even Periyar would not have liked statues for him across the State'.

"They ask with what courage have I entered politics? With exactly this courage and support," said the actor at Avinashi earlier.

"There is a lot of work and now we have to get to work. We have to work together. I am not saying I will walk in front and you behind me. We should walk together and we will cover the entire distance together," said Kamal Haasan.

He also met the agitators of the Athikadavu, the Avinashi project. The main aim of this project is to improve the ground water levels in Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur districts.

The people have been demanding water to be channelled from various rivers surrounding the area to be diverted into canals maintained by the government.

"This is a journey of discovery and learning and an opportunity for me to truly understand my people," he said.

'Respect women'

"It's not about actors  becoming politicians. Its about concerned citizens getting involved. The way women are treated here currently is shameful"