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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - M Manikan­dan

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 on al­liance with the Congress,” said TKS Elan­go­van, Ra­jya Sabha MP and DMK’S prin­ci­pal spokesper­son.

Thirunavukkarasar, pres­i­dent, Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee said that they were not part­ing ways with the DMK.

“As a PCC pres­i­dent, I am happy with Ka­mal Haasan’s will­ing­ness to join hands with Congress. How­ever, I want to clar­ify that the Dmk-congress al­liance is strong and it will con­tinue.” he noted.

Aazhi Senthilnathan, a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst, said Ka­mal’s po­lit­i­cal moves were not se­ri­ous. “Though he launched his party eight months ago, he has not been prac­tic­ing se­ri­ous pol­i­tics. Both Ka­mal and Rajini are be­hav­ing like part-time politi­cians. It’s ob­vi­ous that his party con­nect at grass­roots level is not strong...”

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