Chennai: Actor-politician Kamal Haasan said that his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), is likely to contest the byelections to 20 Tamil Nadu assembly seats, including the 18 which have fallen vacant following disqualification of MLAs. Adding further, he said that a decision in connection with the matter will be taken after the announcement of poll schedule. Also Read - Coimbatore South Election Result: BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan Wins

Haasan, who has been touring the state as part of his “journey with the people” programme, told the reporters that a firm decision would be taken on the issue when the Election Commission announced the schedule for the polls. “Let us face it if that comes..Let us see when that happens,” the Makkal Needhi Maiam founder said on Saturday. Also Read - Sivaganga Election Result: PR Senthilnathan of AIADMK Wins

Earlier last week, the Madras High Court upheld the disqualification of 18 ruling party MLAs, loyal to AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, and cleared the decks for the bypolls in the constituencies. Besides the 18, the Tiruvarur seat represented by late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and Tiruparankundram by AIADMK’s AK Bose are vacant in view of their recent deaths. Also Read - Rajinkanth vs Kamal Haasan at Box Office After 16 Years? Watch Out This Diwali

Dismissing a batch of petitions filed by the MLAs, Justice M Sathyanarayanan said, “….there is no error apparent on the face of the record and the reasons assigned by the Speaker did not suffer on the grounds of breach of constitutional mandate, malafides, non-compliance of the rules of natural justice and no perversity is attached to the reasons assigned by the Speaker to disqualify the petitioners.”

Meanwhile, the 18 AIADMK legislators have decided to approach the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court order upholding their disqualification.

The 18 AIADMK MLAs were disqualified on September 18 last year by Speaker P Dhanapal under the anti-defection law after they met the governor and expressed loss of confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

Kamal Haasan had launched his political party — Makkal Needhi Miam — at a public meeting in Madurai earlier in February this year. He had also unveiled the party flag.