MGR’s legacy not a waste land to promote, says Kamal


Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan on Sunday defended his earlier assertion that he’s former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran’s political inheritor, as he launched into the second section of his election marketing campaign in Injambakkam, Porur, Poonamallee and Sriperumbudur outdoors Chennai.

Talking close to the Porur sign, he mentioned Porur had been urbanised, however infrastructure had not been upgraded.

“The standard of life has not grown as a lot as the actual property charges within the space. The Chennai Port-Maduravoyal Expressway has not been constructed for the final 10 years. The scenario may be modified if trustworthy individuals are voted to energy, as an alternative of criminals,” he mentioned.

Mr. Haasan mentioned he was not all of a sudden claiming MGR’s legacy. “They ask why I’ve been talking about MGR solely earlier than the election. They’ve been deaf and blind. Our first slogan was ‘Naalai Namadhey’. We’re not a celebration to maintain repeating his title to generate profits,” he mentioned.

He added, “We are going to converse of Gandhi, MGR, Periyar and Ambedkar. We would like their good intentions to grow to be ours. Those that need good issues for individuals are MGR’s heirs. His legacy is just not a waste land to promote.”

Talking at Poonamallee, Mr. Haasan mentioned his political opponents have been indignant together with his claiming MGR’s legacy as a result of so many individuals had come collectively with out taking cash. “They’re anxious that so many individuals have gathered with out taking ‘quarter and cash’,” he mentioned.

Earlier, he met round 400 residents of East Coast Highway, who have been protesting towards a storm-water drain (SWD) mission being carried out by the Larger Chennai Company (GCC).

Addressing the residents at Injambakkam, he mentioned his social gathering needed to guard the setting and reverse the injury carried out over the a long time to waterbodies. “After I went for movie shootings as a baby and needed to go boating in a lake close to Kodambakkam, I used to be advised I may accomplish that after I grew up since I couldn’t swim. That lake has vanished…,” he mentioned.

R. Balakrishnan, treasurer, VGP Golden Seaview Residents Welfare Affiliation, mentioned, “We don’t need the mission since it could spoil the underground aquifer that gives water to many areas within the metropolis. The sandy soil in our space already does the job of recharging the groundwater desk and absorbing rainwater successfully.”

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