Chennai: Actor-politician Kamal Haasan undertook a 170-km political tour from Rameswaram to Madurai in February 2018. The rationale – he needed to announce the identify of his social gathering, Makkal Needhi Maiam, which implies “Individuals’s Justice Centre”.
The 66-year-old actor took his entry into politics moderately gradual. He had waited for months after saying his political ambition and held many consultations earlier than the launch in February 2018, one yr earlier than the Lok Sabha election during which his social gathering took half in its first political combat.
Although Mr Haasan’s social gathering didn’t win any seat in Tamil Nadu within the nationwide election, its efficiency then by way of vote share was seen as one that might turn into a risk to the AIADMK and the DMK in future, which is now.
The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) received 3.72 per cent votes within the 35 constituencies it contested within the 2019 common election, which was no imply feat for a celebration that was launched simply over a yr earlier than the nationwide election.
Mr Haasan had been seeking to work with celebrity Rajinikanth too. The plan didn’t work out after Rajinikanth determined to not make the leap into energetic politics.
Mr Haasan is contesting the Tamil Nadu election from Coimbatore South constituency. The constituency is represented by AIADMK’s Amman Ok Arjunanan within the outgoing meeting and the ruling social gathering MLA has shifted to Coimbatore North to accommodate alliance companion BJP’s Vanathi Srinivasan.
Mr Haasan’s social gathering on its web site says wanting again at his movies, there’s an undercurrent of social duty, manner earlier than he turned a politician. “Other than reflecting his social duty, he additionally ventured into discovering viable options to the problems that bogged the society,” the MNM says.
Mr Haasan’s political enterprise was one half of a mega cinema-politics crossover story that gripped Tamil Nadu. The opposite was celebrity Rajinikanth’s entry, which appeared set in December final yr, just for the actor to quote a “warning from God” and again out over well being issues.
The Tamil Nadu election – the primary because the deaths of former Chief Ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi – might be held in a single section tomorrow. Votes might be counted Might 2.
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