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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal woos Kamal, calls it joint fight against corruption, communalism

Kejriwal became the first politician to call on Kamal Haasan at his residence after the actor recently made it clear that he would enter politics.

Published: 22nd September 2017 01:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2017 11:36 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and actor Kamal Haasan at the latter’s residence in Chennai on Thursday | D SAMPATHKUMAR

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday became the first politician to call on Kamal Haasan at his residence after the actor recently made it clear that he would enter politics.
Jointly addressing the press, Kejriwal said they were united in their fight against “corruption and communalism”.

Admitting that he was a fan of the actor, the Chief Minister said Haasan was one of the few who would stick his neck out to fight corruption and added that the two would continue to meet. Haasan has “decided that rather than cursing from outside, he should enter into politics,” he said.

On his part, Haasan said the purpose of the meeting was to initiate a dialogue to fight corruption and communalism together.

This is the second time Kejriwal and Haasan are meeting. When they met in Sept 2015, Haasan sought support for the film industry.

Besides floating the idea of launching a new party and calling on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan earlier this month, Haasan has of late been a vocal critic of the Tamil Nadu government, hitting out at corruption and the State of governance.

“For me, it is a learning curve, or educational tour, asking anybody who’s fighting corruption and communalism to give me advice to go about my endeavor,” Haasan said on Thursday, adding that he was honoured by Kejriwal’s visit.

The actor had also admitted in the past that this is the correct opportunity to change the political flux of the State, with the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK leader M Karunanidhi confined to his house due to illness.



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