“No work no pay only for Govt. Employees? How about horse trading politicians languishing in resorts? The honourable court warns teachers on strike. I beseech the court to issue similar warnings to those legislators who desist from attending work,” the 62-year-old actor has tweeted, a barb at the 19 rebel AIADMK lawmakers who have been sequestered in different resorts for days by the party’s ousted number 2 TTV Dinakaran, as he looks for ways to oust Chief Minister E Palaniswami.
The actor was commenting on the state government’s decision not to pay salaries to about 33,000 teachers who are on strike along with government employees to demand hikes. The Madras High Court had on Wednesday warned the teachers against boycotting classes to join the protests. Yesterday, the Palaniswami government told the court that the teachers’ absence from classes will be considered unauthorised and they will not be paid.
Kamal Haasan has for the last few months weighed in regularly on issues with politically-loaded tweets targeting the AIADMK government, fuelling speculation that he is prepping for a political career. Unlike the other southern superstar Rajnikanth, who has kept fans guessing with ambiguous remarks on whether and when he will join politics, Kamal Haasan has seemed increasingly clear that his political debut will happen soon.
He recently hinted that it could come just as soon as he wraps up work on the Tamil Bigg Boss reality TV show that he hosting – it ends next month.
In an interview to The Quint earlier this week he said he is thinking of launching a political party. “Yes, I am thinking on those lines, not out of choice but compulsion. Which existent political party can provide me with a platform or an ideology that will match my reformatory goals in politics?” he said.
Ever since the actor visited Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s home for lunch in Thiruvananthapuram earlier this month, there has been speculation that he could choose to go left. Kamal Haasan has been at pains to deny that he is joining the Left, pointing out after the lunch that Mr Vijayan is only a friend of many years who he admires and hopes to learn from.
“My colour is obviously seen over the 40 years I have been working in cinema, definitely it’s not saffron…I want to be in the middle of things, not leaning to any side,” he had stated.
Recently the actor also attended a function organised by Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party the DMK, sharing stage with its leader MK Stalin.
Kamal Haasan’s war on the AIADMK has included allegations that Chief Minister E Palaniswami’s government has done little to curb crime and corruption in the state.
Last month, he said everyone has to face corruption in Tamil Nadu; when a minister threatened to sue him for what he called “misleading comments,” the actor had asked his fans to flood the state’s ministers with emails, exposing their experiences of corruption, and dared the government to arrest everyone.