Kamal Haasan all set for TN elections takes a dig at PM Modi’s sudden love for the Tamil language
On Wednesday, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden love for the Tamil language. During his first public address, after the announcement of Tamil Nadu’s state election date, he said, “Won’t we understand the reason behind this sudden love, especially after the announcement of the elections? They think if they speak two lines in Tamil, we’ll all go and vote for them. Tamils are not for sale, their votes are also not for sale.”
The founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) also released the manifesto of his party during the same day and announced that his party would focus on providing employment to about 50 lakh youth and empowering women, especially making special provisions for single mothers. He added that his party would provide 50 percent reservation for women in the uniform sector and would make hostels available in every district for free emergency overnight stay for women in distress.
Though the veteran actor did not reveal much about any possibility of an alliance ahead of the April 6 assembly elections but hinted that he was in talks with the like-minded parties. Amid the coalition talks, Haasan told the reporters that his party was keen on joining hands with All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK). He added that both the parties would decide on an alliance first before holding a discussion on seat-sharing.
But the poll ties between the two parties was confirmed by AISMK founder R Sarath Kumar’s who said that an alliance between AISMK and MNM has been firmed up. Kumar added that Haasan would be the union’s chief ministerial candidate. The news regarding the coalition was confirmed minutes before midnight yesterday.
During his electoral campaign, Haasan targeted his key opponents, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and its ally BJP. He said that the saffron party thinks that Tamilians could be coaxed into voting for them by “tweaking” Tamil pride and questioned the AIADMK government’s promises about jobs for youth. He stressed that AIADMK’s commitment to employment still remained a far-fetched reality.