The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party plans to contest next year’s general election, its founder-president Kamal Haasan said in an India Today magazine interview.
A veteran of the film industry, Kamal Haasan launched the MNM in Madurai this February, and recently announced the names of key party functionaries.
When asked if the MNM planned to contest the elections to the Lok Sabha, Kamal Haasan said, “Yes. My party should not become redundant till at least 30 years after my death. The polity-culturalism would have worked.”
The actor, who is 63, described himself as a “polity-culturist [someone who cultivates a new polity]”, in response to another question on whether he sees himself as a rebel in Indian politics.
“I have come to challenge the status quo,” he explained. “It is not about power. We have to change. I am that change. You must become the change. If it sounds pompous, forgive me. It is the lack of confidence that has brought us to this level. Cultural guys will change the way politics is done in the country.”
And what about the status quo in Tamil Nadu? For decades, the DMK and the AIADMK have taken turns to govern the state, despite the existence of several other players — including the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Is ending the DMK-AIADMK cycle impossible?
Kamal Haasan’s response: “Impossible is not an option is all I can say.”
Why, according to him, will voters back the MNM?
“Our angst about Tamil Nadu. Our centrism. Some of our plans are being copied by the government which is good because we are whipping them into action.”
Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats almost all of which were won by the AIADMK in 2014. Only Uttar Pradesh (80 seats), Maharashtra (48), Andhra Pradesh (42), West Bengal (42) and Bihar (40) elect more representatives to the Lower House of Parliament.
News credit : Indiatoday