Kamal Haasan to contest from 2 seats? MNM in talks with DMDK

Kamal Haasan to contest from 2 seats? MNM in talks with DMDK
Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan is likely to contest from two constituencies in the coming Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu -- Alandur and Coimbatore South -- party sources said on Tuesday. The 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly will go to the polls on April 6. The results will be declared on May 2. The actor-turned-politician has entered into a political alliance with the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK), helmed by R Sarathkumar, who was an MLA from Tenkasi constituency in alliance with the AIADMK. MNM is also eyeing political ties with Vijayakanth's DMDK if it snaps its alliance with the AIADMK over seat-sharing. Vijayakanth's wife Premalatha Vijayakanth and her brother LG Sudheesh has threatened the AIADMK leadership of snapping ties if the demanded number of seats are not allotted to the party. DMDK has also entered into a seat-sharing discussion with Kamal Haasan, which, if materialised, would lead to the emergence of a powerful third front. The Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) led by Lok Sabha MP TR Paarivendhar has also entered into an alliance with Sarathkumar's AISMK, which will be part of the Kamal Haasan-led third front alliance. Haasan is also planning an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is mulling contesting the state elections. The actor-politician had already announced that if his party comes to power in Tamil Nadu, liquor sale will be privatised with half the sales through government controlled TASMAC and the rest through private players. With the DMK-led front, which includes DMK, Congress, CPM and other Left forces, on one side and the AIADMK-led front comprising AIADMK, BJP and other parties on the other, it has to be seen how the emergence of a third front alliance led by Kamal Haasan and his MNM cuts into the vote share of the major alliances.

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