Kamal Haasan Marks Second Political Tour, Visits Coimbatore, Erode Districts

| March 11 , 2018 , 15:52 IST

Former actor turned politician Kamal Haasan marked his second political tour on Sunday, travelling to Coimbatore and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu. The veteran actor was given a massive welcome when he arrived.

"There is a lot of work and now we have to get to work. We have to work together. I am not saying I will walk in front and you behind me. We should walk together and we will cover the entire distance together," said Kamal Haasan, who recently launched his political party 'Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM)'.

"They say I'm funded by Christian missionaries & to that, all I can do is laugh it off as it's false. It's not about actors becoming politicians it's about concerned citizens getting involved." He further added.

Following his visit, Haasan met the agitators of the Athikadavu the Avinashi project, who have been demanding a groundwater recharge project in Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur district for over 50 years.

The people have been demanding that water be channelled from various rivers surrounding the area into canals maintained by the government.

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Although the state government allotted Rs 3.27 crore to kick-start the project in 2016, and allotted Rs 250 crore in 2017, no progress has been seen so far, despite years of agitation in the area, whether it was hunger strikes, going bald, forming human chains, or visiting the collectors' office. 

Kamal Haasan met the protesters and assured his support to their cause.

"I have offered my support for to the agitators. This is the third generation and they have been protesting for 50 years and have not been helped because of the governments changing," Kamal Haasan said.