Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday officially launched his political party and named it as “Makkal Needhi Mayyam”. Haasan also unveiled the party flag which symbolised the strength of unity. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal along with AAP’s Tamil Nadu in charge Somnath Bharti was present in Madurai during the launch. Kejriwal while addressing the rally said,”People of Delhi rejected both BJP and Congress and gave us 67 seats, the kind of response I am seeing here I am sure people of Tamil Nadu will break the record of people of Delhi.”
Haasan before announcing the party’s name said,”I am not your leader, I am your tool.. this gathering is full of leaders.” The Padma Shri Bhusan awardee’s party name is in Tamil and roughly translates to “Centre for People’s Justice,” in English. Haasan while addressing the gathering said,”People ask about my ideology, here it is good quality education must reach all, caste and religious games played on us must be stopped.corruption has to be eradicated.”
He added,” People ask me what is this ‘Maiam?’, and if I am left or right? That is why I kept the name ‘Maiam’, which means centre. Six hands in my party symbol represent six states, star in the middle represents people.”
The flag of MNM has white background with six hands joining together with shades of red over three hands and rest with white along with a star in between surrounded by a star like a background in black.
Colours black and white has a political significance in Tamil Nadu which forms part of the flags of the two big parties of the state– AIADMK and DMK–and the shades are also seen as a pointer to the Dravidian ideology.
Haasan cited a Tamil proverb of ‘Oru Soru’, – meaning a small example of a whole lot, he said the launch was just the first step of ‘makkal atchi,’.