Kamkal Haasan, the founder of Makkal Nidi Mayim (MNM), was declared the chief ministerial candidate on Tuesday by leaders of coalition parties, including All India Samuthuwa Makkal Katchi (AISMK) founder R.K. Sarathkumar and Indian Jannayaga Kachi (IJK) leader Ravi Pachamathu.
AISMK and IJK have been allotted 40 seats in the alliance, named ‘Makkalin Mudhal Kuta’. The first list of MNM candidates will be released today.
MNM leaders said that Mr. Haasan was “extremely disappointed” that the Congress decided to remain in the DMK-led coalition. He claimed that the Congress consulted with the MNM to form an alliance.
The leaders claimed that the two sides were close to supporting the agreement, but some leaders of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee convinced the leadership of the All India Congress Committee that it was a bad idea to join hands with MNM.
Mr. Haasan was asked why political parties, including the Aam Aadmi Party, were expected to join the Grand Alliance, not turning to MNM as an ‘alternative’ to Tamil Nadu.
“Gandhi’s alliance did not include the first king and queen. They joined much later. It was a coalition of people. You will see how people respect us, ”he said.
Mr. Haasan said that he is not choosing DMK President MK Stalin.
“I was accused of being soft on him. What I do? What is there to choose between the two (Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Mr. Stalin). I will criticize both of them, ”he said.
On the 10.5% reservation for Vanniyars within the MBC quota, he said, “You can only give a check for the amount that you have in the bank. Otherwise, the check will bounce. “
Two second-line MNM leaders are engaged in discussions with the DMDK and SDPI for the alliance. He has requested them to contest on the ‘Battery Torch’ symbol of MNM.