New Delhi: Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan is set to campaign for Trinamool Congress candidate in Andaman for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and declared its party Makkal Needhi Maiam to be a TMC ally in the union territory.

Haasan met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Howrah’s Nabanna on Monday and said that the meeting was fruitful and that the MNM “is an ally to TMC in Andaman”. Speaking to the media, Haasan also added that his was a small regional party and therefore he came to take her (Mamata Banerjee) blessings.

The MNM chief on Saturday had announced that he will not be contesting the Lok Sabha elections and only work for the success of his party candidates. “I will neither
contest upcoming Lok Sabha polls nor assembly bypolls to 18 constituencies in Tamil Nadu. I have lot of work to do. I will work towards the success of my candidates,” he said.

 According to a report in The Indian Express, Haasan also announced that his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s manifesto (MNM) promises 50 lakh jobs, equal pay for women and 100 per cent profit for farmers among seven other pledges.

Earlier last week, the MNM had announced an electoral tie-upwith Republican Party of India and allotted one Lok Sabha seat and three seats in the assembly by-elections to be held on April 18.

Doctors, advocates, a former IPS officer, a retired district judge, and businessmen figure among the candidates fielded by Kamal Haasan’s MNM from Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Retired Indian Police Service officer A.G. Mourya will contest from Chennai North while former District Judge K. Guruviah will contest from Nagapattinam. Doctors M.A.S. Subramanian, S. Sudhakar and M. Logarangan will contest from Puducherry, Dindigul and Tiruvallur constituencies, respectively.

Speaking to reporters in Coimbatore, Haasan had earlier claimed that his party will contest all the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu. He added that by not aligning with the Dravidian parties, the MNM is keeping its “hands clean”.