AAP hopes up after Kejriwal-Hassan meet

 

Ahana Datta Chaudhury

Chennai, Sept 21: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s meeting with South Indian film star Kamal Hassan at the latter’s residence here last Thursday has raised the hopes of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters.

Addressing reporters outside the residence, Joint Secretary of AAP Tamil Nadu, Sudha Dharmalingam, said “ Kejriwal has always been with our men. We are hopeful that the ongoing discussion inside will be beneficial for Tamil Nadu. From Anitha’s suicide to Swathi’s case, the AAP has raised its voice against the prevailing unjust system. We have full faith in our leader and are confident.”

“We are hopeful that the ongoing discussion inside will be beneficial for Tamil Nadu,” said Sudha Dharmalingam, Joint Secretary of AAP Tamil Nadu.

Hassan’s meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his statements criticizing the Government and his hints at entering politics have brought him under the spotlight.  Both Hassan and Kejriwal have set anti-corruption action as part of their political agenda.

“Hassan has no charisma, no courage and absolutely no mass appeal in Tamil Nadu. Almost eight out of his ten films are a flop, which reflects this. He is absolutely unfit to be a political leader,” said Sampath Kumar, Faculty at the Asian College of Journalism.

Talking to reporters after his meeting with Hassan, Kejriwal said “It is important when the country is facing strong forces of corruption and communalism that like-minded people talk to each other and work in tandem with each other. We had a good meeting; we exchanged ideas and spoke about the situation in Tamil Nadu and the country.”

Kejriwal said that they would continue to meet though there was no political agenda or plans to start a party yet.

A political observer said “It is too early to predict whether Hassan will join AAP. Political leaders often use superstars as pawns to gain vote banks yet it often ends in tragedy. Although I am skeptical about the meeting’s agenda, the timing of the meeting seems significant.”

Some people are sceptical about the meeting between Kejriwal and Hassan. They dismiss the prospects anything worthwhile emerging from the meeting.

Sampath Kumar, faculty at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) said, “ Fan clubs are definitely not vote banks. Apart from the great MGR, no other superstar has ever had a successful political career. Hassan has no charisma, no courage and absolutely no mass appeal in Tamil Nadu. Almost eight out of his ten films are a flop, which reflects this. He is absolutely unfit to be a political leader.”

 

K Muthukumar, an auto driver, said that he would be happy if AAP came to power. ”We need someone for the poor, unlike the ruling party which accepted NEET serving only the elite. Anitha’s suicide is just one among the other ongoing unjust issues, concerning our welfare. Hassan’s entry can be promising for us,” he added.