New Delhi: Kamal Haasan on Wednesday ruled out an alliance with the Congress and said that his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) will contest forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 alone. Reports of him mulling to join hands with the grand old party started doing rounds after the actor-turned-politician in 2017 said, while replying to a question over about his political affiliation, “I can tell you one thing, my colour is definitely not saffron”.
Announcing the decision, Haasan, in an interview to a newspaper, said, “There shouldn’t be any stain on us because of alliance.” Adding further, he said that the state of Tamil Nadu is his prime focus and he would not change that for the seat-sharing.
In December last year, the 62-year-old had announced that the MNM will contest the general elections. Speaking to reporters, Haasan had said, “I will definitely contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. A committee would soon start choosing candidates.”
Earlier, he had claimed that he is open to alliances with like-minded parties but would not ally with any party that “tries to change Tamil Nadu’s DNA”.
Earlier on December 16, when reporter asked him, if he would go it alone or ally with other parties for 2019 elections and bypolls to 20 assembly constituencies, Haasan said, “Such things cannot be said now and it cannot be disclosed to the media. Some sections of media are imagining things.”
Kamal Haasan had launched his political party — Makkal Needhi Maiam — which translates to “People’s Justice Centre” — at a public meeting in Madurai earlier in February this year. He had also unveiled the party flag.
The actor-politician has been sharply critical of the AIADMK government for some time, has had frequent run-ins with state ministers on the issue of corruption and came out strongly against the government for its handling of the anti-Sterlite protests.