Chennai: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan confirmed on Sunday that he would be taking his political plunge and said the first step would be to launch a mobile software app on November 7, coinciding with his 63rd birthday. The app, he says, will enable him to be in touch with the fans.
The launch of the political party will happen in a calm manner and the launch of mobile app is the first step, he emphasised while addressing a function marking the 39th anniversary of his fan/welfare club (Kamal Haasan Narpani Iyakkam).
“I will surely start a party and enter politics,” the actor said at Kelambakkam. There is no shame in stretching out one's hands for the welfare of the people and if only the rich pay their taxes properly, the country would be on the right path, he said and informed that his fans would contribute funds for the political party and the mobile app would also enable to maintain proper accounts of funds collected.
“November 7 is a day not to cut a cake and celebrate but a day to cut canals”, Kamal said referring to the massive inundation in several places in the city due to heavy downpour. The actor further said that natural disasters do not differentiate between rich and poor and all should be ready to take preventive measures than acting after the loss of dear ones.
Suppression, he said, has become part of politics and “it is not important how many people are threatening us, but what is important is what we are going to do”. The actor said he is ready to take a beating but he is not a “mridangam” (a percussion instrument) to get hit again and again.
Exuding confidence that his fans would generously fund his political party, he said, “I will not deposit the funds in Swiss banks. Instead, I will try to bring back our money that is lodged in the Swiss banks” while touching on an issue promised by BJP. Taking a dig at the saffron party, he said, “Don't swallow poison handed to you in the name of religion”. He had never advocated pulling down temples, he clarified.
Calling upon the public to involve in relief work in flood-affected parts of Tamil Nadu, he said, “We fail to look back at history and end up repeating the same mistakes. Nature's fury does not discriminate between the poor and the rich. Do we need to wait until we lose lives to natural disasters?” He said it (the meeting) was just a beginning and that he would hold 50 more meetings like this.