Kamal rejigs party, hoists MNM flag

Kamal Haasan says MNM won’t contest in civic elections

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has announced that ‘Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM)’, the political party he leads, will boycott the impending elections to rural local bodies in Tamil Nadu.

Kamal Haasan said it was clear that people’s participation in these elections will be very less. Saying that the local body elections will not be a journey towards people’s welfare, Haasan hit out at both the ruling AIADMK and DMK for “staging a political drama” in the name of elections.

In a statement, Kamal Haasan said the local body polls would not secure any advantage for the party. The party’s goal was to capture power in the state, winning the 2021 Assembly polls, he added.

Haasan said his party will not contest the rural civic polls adding that his goal was to take power in Tamil Nadu in the 2021 Assembly elections. The coming election to the local bodies in Tamil Nadu “is not going to be a wholly representative exercise by the people” and the advances or gains the MNM could make by participating in these elections is not going to make any big difference, Kamal Haasan said.

Kamal said ”the MNM has now become a people’s force and the sweet truth is that those who had criticised us yesterday has now become our supporters today and started enquring about our well being”.

Stating that the local body polls would not be a full-fledged people’s test, he said the progress to be made by MNM in the polls would be very little.

”The goal of the MNM is to bring about a change and getting it in bits and pieces in instalments will not be an achievement”, he stated.