The BJP and the AIADMK, the ruling parties in the Centre and the State, respectively, have sought to make light of actor-politician Kamal Haasan’s meeting with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Kamal Haasan, who met Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday, stayed back in the national capital and met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday morning.
That Kamal not meeting any other political leaders during this visit has ballooned into speculation about his newly-formed Makkal Needhi Maiam, skewing towards the Congress.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, the actor-turned-politician said, “It was a courtesy meeting. We discussed the state of Tamil Nadu politics. I did not discuss 2019 poll alliance.”
He also said that he would meet Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswami and request him to appoint representatives to the Cauvery Water Management Authority from the state.
Reacting to this, AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said sarcastially that his party will not be bothered even if Kamal met US President Donald Trump.
BJP leader and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said Haasan had met leaders of a party that had been “rejected by people”. Jayakumar said his party “being a powerful” organisation was not bothered about such meetings.
“As far as he (Haasan) is concerned, let him meet anyone, that is his right. Let him meet even Trump….there is no need for us to bother about such meetings since we are (a) powerful (party) and are with the people,” Jayakumar, said.