Tamil film star Kamal Haasan has also decided not to contest the local body elections being held in rural areas on Dec 27 to 30.
This has followed a similar announcement by his contemporary Rajinikanth that he will not support any party in the polls. Unlike Rajini who is yet to start a political party, Kamal’s fledgling Makkal Needhi Maiam made its debut in the April Lok Sabha elections and drew a blank though it polled around of 10 per cent in a handful of urban segments.
Election to urban local bodies are going to held only after February next year. Thousands of posts will be up for grabs as there are as many as 12,000 village panchayats alone, leave alone municipalities , municipal unions and town panchayats. Besides, there are 12 corporations.
Kamal may not be able to field that many candidates for at least rural local bodies as his party has no cadre nor grass root level presense. Instead of admitting this, Kamal has debunked the whole panchayat poll as a power play between the two Kazhagams in which the outcome will be decided by money power.
In a statement, he has said his aim is to come to power in the next Assembly elections due in 2021 on the plank of good governance. He does not believe in working his way upwards from the bottom, tier by tier, he has said in a statement.
He has not explained why then he straightway jumped into the fray in the Lok Sabha polls.