Kamal Haasan to seek out ‘like-minded’ parties to ally with ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Saturday said his party has authorised him to a take a decision on forging alliance with like-minded parties for next year's Lok Sabha polls.

After discussions, the party executive and administrative panels "authorised me to take a decision on forging alliance with like-minded parties and so that a good alliance fructifies," Haasan told reporters.

The move is seen as a clear signal that Haasan's fledgling party — founded in February this year — does not want to test the waters all alone and would rather prefer to join forces with established parties.

 Kamal Haasan to seek out ‘like-minded’ parties to ally with ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections

File photo of Kamal Haasan. PTI

Haasan had said recently that he was not averse to forging poll ties with the Congress if it eased itself out of the DMK-led alliance, which the national party has rejected. Asked to name the parties with which MNM would strike an electoral alliance, the actor-turned-politician said there was no need to spell out details now.

"We will let you know after taking a decision. Now there is no urgency to disclose it," he said. The ideology of the party with which they may forge ties may be different, but the thought process should be in favour of Tamil Nadu, he said.

His party's propaganda for the Lok Sabha election would be based on the growth of Tamil Nadu, he said. "The time has come to correct the injustices meted out to the state and aspects like these will be the focal points of our poll propaganda," he said.

Asked if his party would forge an alliance with Congress or the BJP, he said his party "would not strike a poll deal with a party that tries to change the DNA of Tamil Nadu," which is perceived as against the BJP.

Haasan said a panel has been set up to pick party nominees for the 40 Parliamentary constituencies; 39 in Tamil Nadu and one in neighbouring Puducherry. A party functionary told PTI that while nominees will be ready for all the Lok Sabha seats, it may be 'tailored' as per the coalition needs.

To a question on facing the local body polls expected in 2019, he said "we are preparing for it and there is no need to determine now if we will go it alone or will have poll deal with other parties."

Haasan said his party would field candidates "if by elections are held to 20 Assembly constituencies."      Eighteen AIADMK MLAs were disqualified and constituencies represented by them fell vacant. Two more seats became vacant following the deaths of incumbents.

However, Haasan said only after the declaration of by election to the 20 constituencies would he be able to disclose if the party would face it alone or in alliance with other parties. On the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expected next month to Tamil Nadu to address a party event, he said it was preparatory to the Lok Sabha election.

Updated Date: Dec 23, 2018 09:36:22 IST