Latest on actor Kamal Haasan’s rumoured political entry: To form party by end of the month

Veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has confirmed, after months of speculation, that he will be entering politics by forming his own party no later than the end of this month.

Published: 15th September 2017 05:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2017 03:17 PM   |  A+A-

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan (File|AFP)

By Online Desk

Veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has confirmed, after months of speculation, that he will be entering politics by forming his own party no later than the end of this month, in an interview to a TV new channel. He was speaking to CNN News 18 when he revealed that he's starting a party by the end of the month.

This comes at a time of political turmoil Tamil Nadu where the ruling AIADMK faction tries desperately to prove its strength in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.

This is how the actor's government will look like! - A viral meme

There have already been strong speculations about Kamal Haasan stepping into politics. He has been dropping hint after hint in the past few weeks.

In a recent interview with The Quint, Kamal said he may be entering politics soon, "not out of choice but compulsion".

"Which existent political party can provide me with a platform or an ideology that will match my reformatory goals in politics? A political party is about an ideology. And I don’t think my goals in politics can match the ideology of any political party," he was quoted as saying in the interview, indicating strongly that he was planning to form a new party.

Kamal Haasan has, meanwhile, continued his verbal attack on the state’s political leaders, especially strongly criticising the functioning of the government. On Friday, the actor lashed out on Twitter against the state's MLAs for 'not doing their duty' in a reference to the 18 MLAs that have supported ousted party deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran and are quarantined in a resort in Coorg. He asked the Madras High Court to intervene.

Kamal also expressed in The Quint interview a strong desire to “change the state of politics in the state” and said he would like to be held accountable by the people instantaneously if he ever came into power. “When I am elected I’d like to be held accountable by the voter. Don’t vote me in and then wait for five years to vote me out. Sack me immediately if I don’t deliver. This is the only way change in the politics of the country can come about. Why only Tamil Nadu? You may ask. Well, I have to start somewhere. First I must clean my own home before I start on the neighbours,” he was quoted as saying.

The Indian Express earlier reported that Kamal would float his own party timing it ahead of local body elections in November this year, which it hopes to run in. A source was quoted as saying in the report, “We have well-disciplined members of fans’ groups in all districts, in each and every taluk. A local body election would be the best platform to give them an opportunity to serve people.”

Fans of the actor on social media were quick to pick up on the signal and began expressing support for the idea and even giving suggestions.

Kamal Haasan is currently the host of a reality show, Big Boss Tamil, which has become hugely popular. He continues to entertain even as he readies himself to take a political plunge.

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