Makkal Needhi Maiam had floating his party since Ten Months. Actor Kamal Haasan on Saturday announced his decision to face the 2019 general elections in alliance. Along with parties that share his “ideology”.
Time had come to correct the “injustice” meted out to Tamil Nadu, hence he declared.
The party executive committee and central governing body had resolved to entrust him with the “right to find” the coalition partners for the polls. “I and the entire party are of the firm opinion that we should align with like-minded parties… and forge a good alliance,” he said, emerging from the meeting of the top-level bodies.
The party also appointed its vice-president, R. Mahendran. To head a panel for selecting candidates in all the 40 constituencies in TN and Puducherry. If the alliance plan does not take off.
Kamal, who has been vocal against “Hindu extremism,” and identifies himself with the Left and the Aam Aadmi Party, said his party had neither decided about its allies nor about leading the alliance.
“We will not align with anyone who attempts to change the DNA of Tamil Nadu,” the actor said, refusing to get into details.
Does he mean BJP? “That is your opinion. Media need not seek my permission… BJP has ruled out in five states,” he said. Well, Kamal said who would lead the alliance would be determined by the size of the parties approaching MNM for electoral talks.
Following his meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi in mid-June, the MNM leader had created ripples by saying he was ready to join hands with the Congress if the national party snapped its ties with the DMK. The Congress, however, stood firm with its long-time ally.