All is not well with Tamil Nadu : Kamal Hasaan

Kamal Hassan

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan spoke about his dream of creating a "corruption-free Tamil Nadu" and the prospect of allying with his contemporary Rajinikanth, provided "saffron isn't his colour", during his speech at the Harvard University on Saturday. "Alliance with Rajini is unlikely if his colour is saffron", Haasan said at the annual Indian conference of the prestigious Harvard University.

Rajinikanth, who announced his political entry on 31 December 2017, earlier responded on joining hands with Kama.

Downplaying the possibility of an alliance with superstar Rajinikanth, ace actor Kamal Haasan said a tie-up seems unlikely as of now as Rajinikanth had a "hue of saffron" in his politics. "We are good friends but politics is different".

"I can not see a clear understanding now", Mr. Hassan said when pressed by moderator senior journalist Barkha Dutt on the sharp ideological differences he has with his contemporary.

Rajinikanth himself has also kept the doors open for Haasan and has said "only time will tell" in his response to similar queries.

With the launch of his political party less than two weeks away, Kamal Haasan lashed out the "mediocrity" the "global village" of Tamil Nadu has been subjected to.

"It isn't like choosing the star cast for films", he said and added that they both will have to deliberate whether it is necessary for them to join hands.

Mr. Hassan said Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party head Arvind Kejriwal met him in Chennai and offered an alliance with his party.

Responding to a question on love jihad, the actor said, .

"I intend to take it [the experience] not only from Mr. Kejriwal but from others as well", he said.

Both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan call themselves as the "agents of change" and want to improve the standard of governance in Tamil Nadu.

Kamal alleged the three major problems weighing the state down were - apathy of the political class to financial health of the State, inability of the state to manage its (natural) resources and the gradual lowering of the bar in all aspects such as education, healthcare etc. "I do not know about jihad, but love would triumph hate".

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