BJP, Congress unhappy with Kamal Haasan
February 23, 2018
Rajinikanth has given his blessings to Kamal Haasan’s new party. Speaking to ANI, Rajinikanth said, “Kamal Haasan’s public meeting was good, I watched it. Our paths and styles may be different but our goal is the same, that is doing good for people.”
Positive and encouraging comments, though they may well be opponents in their new profession.
However, the reaction in New Delhi for Makkal Needhi Maiyyam, Kamal Haasan’s new party, which he launched from Madurai on Wednesday, is entirely different.
Sources in both the Congress and the BJP have frowned upon the presence of Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on the dais with Kamal Haasan.
Senior leaders in both the parties, speaking off the record, call Kamal Haasan, a “rural Naxal”. The Congress says it will not align with him if the Tamil Nadu polls are held. BJP seniors in Delhi feel that Kamal Haasan’s political ideologies are against Hindus and point to his statement during the launch of the party where he said that the saffron, one of the three colours of the Indian flag, should not spread to the entire flag. The BJP believes its a dig at the party’s rule in 21 states.
The party is also watching Kamal Haasan closely, to read which way he will swing and the leaders he will co-opt.
Haasan, they say spoke about Telugu Desam leader Chandrababu Naidu, not once, but three times in his inaugural speech on Wednesday.
He and Arvind Kejriwal, says the BJP, are being egged on by the CPM to prop up Chandrababu Naidu so that he can walk out of NDA before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Asked if his party would subscribe to left or right-wing politics, Haasan said on Wednesday, “I’m centre”.(Agencies)