Film star Kamal Hasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiyam announced it would contest all the 39 Lok Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu in the coming general election. It would also contest by-elections to 18 Tamil Nadu Assembly, it said .
Kamal, who has already announced his party will go it alone, by saying his alliance is with the people and has invited applications from intending candidates and started interviewing them in his office in Chennai.
Fellow star Rajanikanth has said he will neither contest Lok Sabha elections nor support any one and he will enter fray only in the next Assembly elections. Surprised by the Election Commission decision to hold byelections to 18 Assembly seats along with the Lok Sabha, Rajanikanth has hurriedly announced he will not contest the byelections either.