Ready to ally with Cong if it cuts ties with DMK: Ka­mal

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - M Manikan­dan manikan­dan.mani@htlive.com ▪

CHEN­NAI:Ac­tor-turned-politi­cian Ka­mal Haasan said his party Makkal Needhi Ma­iam (MNM) is ready to join hands with the Congress if they cut their al­liance with the Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam (DMK) in the up­com­ing 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions.

Ka­mal Haasan said his party will en­sure a cor­rup­tion-free govern­ment. Af­ter com­plet­ing his tours in Tiruchi­rap­palli and Coim­bat­ore, the ac­tor who is cur­rently tak­ing part in a rally in Salem, said in an in­ter­view to a pri­vate tele­vi­sion chan­nel on Fri­day that MNM was ready to align with Congress but not with the DMK. “DMK and AIADMK are our com­mon en­emy and we are main­tain­ing an equal dis­tance from both of them. We will not join hands with ei­ther DMK or AIADMK. How­ever, we are not against Congress. If the Congress de­parts from its al­liance with DMK, we are ready to join hands with them,” Ka­mal said. DMK said it would not pay too much at­ten­tion to Ka­mal’s state­ment and em­pha­sised that DMK-Congress al­liance is con­tin­u­ing. “The Congress and DMK al­liance con­tin­ues for now. We haven’t changed our stand,” said TKS Elan­go­van, Ra­jya Sabha MP and DMK’s prin­ci­pal spokesper­son.

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