Weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, Tamil superstar and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Saturday has announced that his party will contest the upcoming elections in 2019.
While addressing a press briefing on Saturday, the actor-turned-politician also stated that his party is open to alliances with like-minded parties which was would focus on the development of Tamil Nadu. He also asserted that he would not come in alliance with any party that will try to change the 'DNA of Tamil Nadu'.
On December 19, while speaking at the Republic Summit 2018, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief had said that he is not ready to be forced into an alliance.
"You are putting me in a group without my permission. I’m not ready to be forced into an alliance. I am keeping my options open, but maybe is not a yes. Don’t align me with Mahagatbandhan. Keeping my options open for 2019," said Kamal Hassan when asked whether he will join the grand alliance (Mahagathbandhan).
Earlier also, Kamal Haasan had ruled out any alliance with either the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) or the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
Prior to this, Haasan had also met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi during his visit to the national capital for the registration of his political party. He had given rise to speculations on the alliance with Congress in Tamil Nadu with his visit. However, he later went onto note that his visit was not political in nature.
Haasan has been touring Tamil Nadu in order to strengthen his new party in the political landscape. The actor launched the Makkal Needhi Maiam party in February this year.