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Kamal Haasan says ready for 2019 polls, may fight without allies

Kamal Haasan said that his Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has taken a strong anti-corruption and scam-free stance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2018 07:02 IST
C S Kottteswaran
C S Kottteswaran
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Tamil actors Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan at the inaugural of the Shivaji Ganeshan memorial in Chennai.(HT File Photo)

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Friday said his party Makkam Needhi Maiam’s (MNM) was ready for the Lok Sabha polls, but it was left with very few options for alliance because of its strong stance on anti-corruption.

“Our party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) is ready for polls. Our party is clear with its ideology of scam-free governance, and this leaves MNM very few alliance choices,” Kamal Hassan told reporters in Chennai.

His remarks on alliance comes a day after AIADMK rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran said that his Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) was ready to tie up with the Congress if the national party walked out of alliance with the DMK.

When asked whether MNM was ready for local body polls, Kamal Haasan said his party will decide after discussing the matter with senior party members.

Meanwhile, TN chief electoral officer, Satyaprata Sahoo announced that bye-elections to Thiruparankundram assembly constituency will be held soon.

The demise of the AIADMK MLA A K Bose on Thursday created a vacancy in the Assembly.

According to sources in the state election commission, poll officials in Tamil Nadu are likely to go ahead with the electronic voting machines (EVM) for the bypoll and next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

Tamil Nadu, which has 39 Lok Sabha seats, will prefer EVMs, and the state public election department has just begun the awareness campaign in this regard, a senior state official said, ruling out possibilities of reverting back to the ballot paper voting system.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has been demanding the paper ballot system. However, majority of regional parties are comfortable with the EVMs, the official said.

First Published: Aug 03, 2018 19:55 IST