Kamal Haasan announced that his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) will not be allying with any Kazhagam parties in the Assembly election in Tamil Nadu that is likely to be held in April-May 2021.
"There will be no alliance with Kazhagam parties in the forthcoming Assembly election (in Tamil Nadu)," Kamal said while speaking at Kanchipuram.
All India Dravida Muneetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) are the main Kazhagam parties in Tamil Nadu.
The Kollywood superstar-cum-politician said that priority will be given to women empowerment if his party came into power. He added that computers will be given free of cost to all households and that financial aids will be given to farmers.
Kamal, who kick-started his party's campaign for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls on December 13, confirmed about contesting the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, adding that he will announce the constituency from which he will contest in the coming days.
Kamal is likely to choose to contest from Chennai, a city where he has been living for decades. However, at a public appearance at Madurai, he assured the gathering of designating Madurai as the second capital of Tamil Nadu if MNM was voted to power. This has left political experts to believe that he might also contest from Madurai.
Meanwhile, the MNM chief refused to confirm or deny a possible alliance with his contemporary Rajinikanth and his new political party.
Kamal had earlier approached the Election Commission over the allotment of the 'Battery Torch' symbol to MGR Makkal Katchi for the 2021 Tamil Nadu elections after his party was denied the symbol without any specific explanation from the Election Commission.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) had been allotted the ‘Battery Torch’ symbol during the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Reacting to the development, Kamal, while addressing a meeting at Dindigul, said, “It would not be an exaggeration to say that democracy is in sickbed now. If the battery torch is denied, we will become ‘Kalangarai Vilakkam’ (lighthouse).”
Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam had contested in 38 parliamentary constituencies and 19 bye-poll seats in 2019 but failed to make an impact then.