Actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan would make his electoral debut, contesting from Coimbatore South constituency in the April 6 Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president made the announcement here on Friday, releasing the second list of his party's candidates.
Remembering his late father Sreenivasan, Haasan expressed confidence that the people of his constituency would enable him to voice his views in the assembly by voting for him.
'My father's dream was I should become an IAS officer and then enter politics. Though I could not realise his dream (of becoming an IAS officer), my party comprises many (former) IAS officers. That is a proud moment for us,' he told reporters.
Meanwhile, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin released on Friday a list of 173 party candidates for the April 6 assembly elections, announcing that he will contest the Kolathur seat while his son, Udhayanidhi, will make his poll debut from the Chepauk constituency.
“In all, 187 candidates will contest on the DMK symbol. Our cadre should assume it’s the DMK that is contesting all 234 constituencies (total assembly seats in the state) and that Thalaivar Kalaignar (moniker for M Karunanidhi) is contesting in this election…,” said Stalin, who took over the reins of the party after the death of his father and former chief minister, Karunanidhi, in August 2018.
Stalin set aside six seats from the Vaiko-led Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), which will contest on the DMK’s symbol of the rising sun. Eight others from smaller parties, too, will contest on the DMK symbol.
DMK ally Congress will contest 25 seats. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India and Thol Thirumavalavan’s Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) got six seats each. The Indian Union Muslim League and the Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam will fight three each, while the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) got two. The TMK, the Forward Bloc, the ATP and the MVK will fight one seat each.
Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam filed his nomination as an AIADMK candidate from Bodinayakanur today.