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Chennai:

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) released the list of candidates who would be contesting Lok Sabha polls. Surprisingly, the president of MNM, actor-turned-politician, Kamal Haasan won’t be seen contesting any seats on the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls.

“All candidates are my faces. I am proud of being the chariot puller than being the chariot. I have a lot of work to do. I will work towards the success of my candidates,” PTI quotes Haasan. He as well promised the people that each candidate of MNM will fulfil and deliver the promises that the party has made. He also added that they would be removed if they fail to do so.

Responding to ANI, Haasan said, “The needle in the balance will be Makkal Needhi Maiam. We will not be sold, we won’t indulge in horse-trading. So, it will be a difficult negotiation for them. It will be an actual negotiation, not done with the money.”

“The theme is a better Tamil Nadu. Though people will say that this is about choosing the Prime Minister, I have chosen Tamil Nadu and that will happen via Delhi because I think whoever becomes the Prime Minister, my prime concern is Tamil Nadu and it will always be so,” he added.

He also released the manifesto of MNM for the upcoming elections. The manifesto makes humungous promises like ‘providing tap water in every household within five years and create zero need to buy drinking water.’ He also promised to ‘wipe out poverty in Tamil Nadu from 60 lakh BPL families and ensure a slum-free, hut-less Tamil Nadu within five years.’

Kamal Haasan also met with Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal CM prior to elections. Though he did not reveal the agenda of the meeting, he had confirmed the meeting was for “political reasons.”

Tamil Nadu will witness a four-cornered contest, with alliances led by the DMK, AIADMK, AMMK and MNM facing off against each other. The state will go to polls on April 18, and counting of votes will be done on May 23.

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