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Kamal Haasan’s MNM to contest Tamil Nadu Polls on 154 seats, finalizes seat-sharing pact with IJK, AISMK

By Priyanka Verma 
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Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) signed a pact with SaraKamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) signed a pact with Sarath Kumar’s All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) and TR Pachamuthu’s Indhiya Jananayaka Katchi (IJK) to face the upcoming Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu together. As per the agreement, AISMK and IJK will contest in 40 seats each, while the MNM will contest in 154 constituencies in Tamil Nadu.

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The seat-sharing agreement was announced by MNM late Monday night.

“The parties have committed to the common goal of transforming Tamil Nadu by fulfilling the long-pending aspirations of the people. With the common agenda of restoring the pride and glory of Tamil Nadu, they have decided to embark on a long-lasting journey together,” a document released by the party read.

The MNM had secured around 4 per cent votes in 2019 Lok Sabha election, with its share going as high as 10 per cent in the urban pockets.

Dr R Mahendran, MNM vice-president and its candidate from Coimbatore, had clocked 1.45 lakh votes or 11.6% of the total vote share the constituency.

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The party has adopted a unique ticket distribution system where it has launched an online system for people to apply as candidates followed by the interviews of the shortlisted ones to be finally fielded in the election.

The MNM is raising corruption, jobs, developing villages and people-friendly e-governance as key issues. It has promised salaries to homemakers and free computers with internet at all homes as a public resource to help people access government schemes easily.

AISMK and IJK had entered into an alliance in February last week and Sarath Kumar had also met with Kamal Haasan in the latter’s office after that. At a party event in Pudukkottai, Sarath Kumar had stated that Kamal Haasan will be the Chief Ministerial face for their alliance. However, there was no official confirmation regarding the alliance from MNM at that point. With the agreement being signed on Monday, it has been confirmed that a ‘Third Front’ will be fighting Tamil Nadu’s Assembly polls.

While the number of seats have been finalized for each party in the alliance, the constituencies allotted among the allies are yet to be decided. In the same event in Pudukkottai, AISMK Deputy General Secretary announced that Radikaa Sarath Kumar will be contesting from Velachery in Chennai for the polls. However, Radikaa, while speaking at the event said that she will contest if the party chief and her husband Sarath Kumar says so. She added that people want her to contest from Kovilpatti or Velachery and a decision on it will be taken later.

Interestingly, MNM’s CK Kumaravel has also submitted an application to contest from Velachery.

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