Updated: February 11, 2021 4:36:02 pm
The general body meeting of actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) commenced on Thursday to decide on the party’s prospective alliance partners and other party developments. The meeting, presided over by party president Kamal Haasan, is taking place at a marriage hall in the outskirts of the city.
On several occasions, Kamal Haasan has said he will form an alliance with honest people. He has also categorically ruled out an alliance with Dravidian parties, alleging they are “corrupt”.
Haasan had claimed his party was the third largest player in the state and the upcoming assembly election will decide where they stand among the big political parties.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, MNM secured 3.86 per cent of the votes. Though it performed well in urban sectors, it failed to garner a single seat. Political observers believe that Haasan’s decision to contest alone in the Lok Sabha election had backfired.
In the meeting, 25 resolutions were passed which includes providing party president Haasan full power to decide on the electoral alliance for the upcoming elections. As per the release by General Secretary Santhosh Babu, the party congratulated its founder for getting the ‘Battery Torch’ symbol for the party after a great deal of struggle. It also urged his functionaries to work hard and make the party win the poll in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Babu said their party came to know that Dravidian parties are charting out plans to disburse 2,000 to 10,000 cash for votes and hence he urged the election commission to make sure free and fair poll is conducted.
The party wholeheartedly appreciated the efforts of front-line warriors including doctors, health care workers, police personnel, ministers, volunteers, etc for risking their lives to safeguard the public in the Covid-19 pandemic.
MNM said the government’s decision to suspend ‘Grama Sabha’ citing Covid-19 is an attempt to cover-up their administrative mess and other corrupt activities. It also held the government responsible for the death of 561 elephants in the last six years. The party urged the government officials to initiate action against people responsible for the encroachment along the elephant corridor.
Further, Haasan’s outfit alleged that BJP is trying to impose Hindi and Sanskrit in Tamil Nadu. MNM said it will oppose the centre’s attempt with full vigour in whatever form it comes.
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