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‘I Want to Fight But…’ Kamal Haasan Releases MNM’s First List of Candidates, Keeps Up Suspense on Himself

Announcing the first candidates’ list, Haasan said observers would have to watch out for the party’s final list on March 24 to see whether he would contest or not.

Poornima Murali | CNN-News18

Updated:March 20, 2019, 8:11 PM IST
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‘I Want to Fight But…’ Kamal Haasan Releases MNM’s First List of Candidates, Keeps Up Suspense on Himself
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) President Kamal Haasan poses with a torch, his party symbol, after releasing a list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, in Chennai on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
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Chennai: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan released the first list of 21 candidates from his party Makkal Needhi Maiam on Wednesday, but kept up the suspense on whether he would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Announcing the first candidates’ list, Haasan said observers would have to watch out for the party’s final list on March 24 to see whether he would contest or not.

“All speculation about me contesting will be put to rest on the 24th. Yes, I wish to contest in the elections, but my partymen need to tell me that. I need to take their advice," he said.

Sources from the party said a section of the members want him to contest in the Lok Sabha elections while another wants him to fight Assembly polls. The final decision will be taken by March 23, sources added.

The MNM will also release the party manifesto on March 24. When asked for views on the manifestos released by the AIADMK and the DMK, Haasan said the promises made by both parties are “really old”.

Haasan, however, joined issue with the Dravidian parties on the release of all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. "There are two aspects to this. One is that of compassion and one is the legal aspect. But it’s time that compassion takes over,” Haasan said.

Haasan also attacked the DMK and the AIADMK on dynasty politics. "It used to be the land of the rising sun once upon a time. Now it’s the land of rising son," he said.

MNM’s First List

Thrivallur — Dr M Lokarangan

Chennai — north AG Maurya

Central Chennai — Kameela Nazer

Thiruperumbur — Shivakumar

Arakonam — N Rajendran

Vellore — R Suresh

Krishnagiri — S Sreedaranya

Dharmapuri — I Rajashekaran

Villipuram — Adv Anbuinvazhamozhi

Salem — Prabhu

Nilagiri — Adv Rajendran

Dindigul — Dr S sudhakar

Trichy — V Anandarajan

Chidambaram — T Ravi

Mailadudorai — Rafaullah

Nagapattinam — Kuruvai

Theni — S Radhakrishnan

Tuticorin — TPS Pon Kumaravel

Tirunelveli — Velimallai

Kanyakumari — Ebinizar

Puducherry — MAS Subramanium

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