Politics Can Wait! Kamal Haasan May Launch Anti-Corruption Forum

Haasan has hinted that he’ll make an announcement on 7 Nov regarding an anti-corruption forum working with youth.

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Actor Kamal Haasan. 

Actor Kamal Haasan has stated that he will be making an announcement to the public on 7 November, which incidentally happens to be his birthday. In an article that he has written for Vikatan, a Tamil magazine, the star has hinted at starting an organisation where he will collaborate with the youth to address issues in the state.

There has been wide speculation about the actor's leap into politics, which he had admitted is on the cards.

While he has taken to criticising the AIADMK government and meeting leaders from other political parties, he is yet to make any clear announcement about his debut in the political sphere. Now, the actor is expected to announce his decision to form his own ‘Iyakkam’ or organisation on 7 November.

In the column, the actor wrote:

I understand that there is an army of youngsters waiting out there. I believe that I have the duty to unite them. So, on 7 November, I will announce a method by which I can communicate with them.

Haasan further goes on to say that he will be chalking out an action plan with the volunteers. He cited the example of Arappor Iyakkam, a non-governmental organisation that fights corruption in the state, to point out the nature of work he seeks to initiate.

"I welcome people who feel a sense of duty towards the state of Tamil Nadu," the actor reportedly said. "Those of you who think of it as a sacrifice, please stay away. I don't want to be indebted to you," he added.

In the past, the actor had said that he is yet to find a party that matches with his political ideology. He made headlines when he went to visit Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and later welcomed Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to his office in Chennai.

“The reason why we got together, the purpose is singular – fighting against corruption and communalism. I also have the same reputation and so we decided to meet. It was a learning curve to meet him,” stated Kamal following his meeting with Kejriwal last month.

In his last column with the Tamil magazine, Kamal had apologised to the people for supporting the Centre’s demonetisation policy.

He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept his mistake, saying:

If the PM accepts his mistake without being adamant, then one more salaam is waiting for him from me. The sign of a good leader is when they can rectify their mistakes and more importantly when they can accept they made a mistake. Gandhi was able to do it. Today also, it is possible.

(This article was originally published on The News Minute)

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