Kamal’s MNM steps into 2nd year, toface LS polls alone

Kamal’s MNM steps into 2nd year, toface LS polls alone

Chennai, Feb 21: As he stepped into the second year of launching his own political outfit -- Makkal Neethi Maiam(MNM) -- actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Thursday said he would be going it alone in the coming Lok Sabha polls with the support of the people.

After rumours were rife that the political greenhorn, who had met several National leaders including Rahul Gandhi, might ally with the Congress, which is part of the DMK Front, Kamal, who was an acerbic critic of the ruling AIADMK and the BJP, also started taking a dig at the Opposition DMK.

This despite the new TNCC Chief K S Alagiri extending an olive branch to the actor to join the Secular Front headed by the DMK to defeat the BJP. As relations of late started souring with the DMK, Kamal, who started his political venture this day last year in the temple town of Madurai by unveiling the party name and the flag, weighed the pros and cons and finally decided to go it alone in the Lok Sabha polls with people's support.

Celebrating the first anniversary of his MNM by hoisting the Party flag here, Kamal told reporters here that he would field candidates in all the 40 LS seats. Stating that he did not want to repeat again and again the reasons for deciding to go it alone in the polls, he said the candidates, basically young ones would be the preferred choice and they would be selected based on age and education criteria.

He said the goal of the MNM was people's welfare. Taking a dig at the DMK for claiming itself as a 'Mega Alliance', as it has the likes of Congress, MDMK, VCK, the two Left parties, MMK and the IUML, Kamal said people should say it as a Mega alliance and they themselves should not claim it.

'You should call me by addressing as Mr Kamal Haasan. I cannot address myself as Mr Kamal Haasan', he said and added that it was the people who should say whether it is a Mega alliance or not. With the AIADMK and DMK forging strong alliances, the biggest question was whether Kamal, the greenhorn in politics, will stand the tough test of going it alone.

However, the mood in MNM was upbeat. “We are here for a change and so are the people. They want the kazhagams’ domination in the State politics for over five decades to end. We are the alternative', MNM workers said. (UNI )

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