Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan had to cancel his proposed visit to an elementary school in Rameshwaram on Wednesday where former president APJ Abdul Kalam studied, after education authorities denied him permission.
After formally beginning his political journey this morning, Haasan had planned to address the students of the school at 8am. However, the Mandapam Assistant Elementary Education Officer denied permission on the ground that if politicians were allowed to talk to the schoolchildren, it would create confusion among the students, official sources said.
Besides, the Hindu Munnani leaders objected to the proposed visit of the actor to the government school. Ramanathapuram District Hindu Munnani Secretary Ramamurhty had in a letter to the District Collector urged him not to permit Haasan to visit the school.
A leader of a Hindu outfit said they had opposed Kamal’s visit to the school as he was trying to gain political mileage and nothing more.
Earlier today, the film star visited former President late APJ Abdul Kalam’s residence in Rameswaram. He will launch his party in Madurai later tonight.
Scheduled to unveil his party’s name and flag at a public rally later in the day in Madurai, Kamal met the former President’s elder brother and other family members at the residence.
“Greatness can come from simple beginnings,” he said.
“Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man’s simple abode,” the actor added in a tweet.
Later speaking to the fishing community in Rameswaram, Kamal said that it is one of the most important industries in Tamil Nadu. He would be back to listen to the suggestions made by the fisherfolks.
(With agencies inputs)