Madurai: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday extended his greetings and wishes to actor Kamal Haasan, who launched his political party, and hoped his party would uphold the ideals of secularism, democracy and pluralism.

In his message broadcast through video at the public meeting where Kamal launched his party "Makkal Neethi Maiyam" (People Justice Centre), Vijayan expressed the hope that his entry into politics would enrich the political life in Tamil Nadu.

Starting his greetings with a few remarks in Tamil, the Kerala Chief Minister said he felt honoured to convey his greetings to Kamal, who was launching a political party to serve the people. "He is dear to me and the people of Kerala also," he said.

Recalling that Kamal started his film career in Kerala, Vijayan said Kamal had acted as a bridge between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

He said Tamil Nadu was known for the social and political reformist movements, which have had an effect in Kerala politics too.

"I am sure his entry into political life will enrich the political life of Tamil Nadu and hope he will uphold ideals of secularism, democracy and pluralism in his politics," Vijayan said.