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AC­TOR-turned-politi­cian Ka­mal Haasan, founder of Makkal Needhi Ma­iam (MNM) has said that he is open to forg­ing an al­liance with the Congress ahead of the up­com­ing elec­tions. How­ever, Haasan, who was speak­ing in an in­ter­view to a Tamil TV chan­nel in Salem on Fri­day, also made it ab­so­lutely clear that MNM would not ally with ei­ther of the Dra­vid­ian ma­jors — DMK or AIADMK. He said he was treat­ing both par­ties alike.

Asked whether he would de­clare that MNM would not ally with Congress in fu­ture elec­tions, Has­san said, “I can’t say this at the mo­ment. I have to clar­ify with that party as to whether an al­liance with them would be suit­able for Tamil Nadu. I would ask them what are the good things the Congress party can do for Tamil Nadu as the ev­i­dences for what­ever good they have done in Tamil Nadu is less.”

An­swer­ing a ques­tion on whether he was pre­dict­ing a break in the al­liance be­tween the DMK and the Congress as he was open to an al­liance with the Congress but not with DMK, the MNM founder de­clined to give a di- rect re­ply. Asked whether he be­lieved that the DMK and AIADMK should be kept aside to project a new po­lit­i­cal cul­ture in Tamil Nadu, Has­san said, “Yes.”

Haasan, whose po­lit­i­cal plunge caused great sur­prise, has been trav­el­ling the State to meet peo­ple and strengthen his party. He has com­pleted pro­grammes in Tiruchy and Coim­bat­ore. How­ever, the ac­tor-politi­cian once again raised eye­brows as well as ques­tions about the sin­cer­ity of his po­lit­i­cal ef­forts just days ago when he an­nounced that he would be mak­ing a se­quel to his 1992 hit film The­var Ma­gan.

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