Chennai, July 25 (BPNS)
Tamil Superstar and founder president of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), Kamal Haasan is likely to contest from Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency in the 2024 general elections. Highly placed sources in the MNM told BPNS that the DMK is interested in allocating the Coimbatore seat to Kamal Haasan as he had performed extremely well in the 2021 assembly polls losing to BJP leader Vanathi Sreenivasan by a slender margin of 1728 votes.
Kamal Haasan on Sunday inaugurated a state-level reach-out campaign of the MNM, ‘Makkalodu Maiam’ in the Coimbatore South Assembly constituency.
The MNM is planning to meet people in all the 234 assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu with the party leaders and cadres meeting people at the ward and panchayath level on the difficulties faced by them. This includes the issues overlooked by people’s representatives in their respective constituencies.
The MNM, according to a senior leader of the party would chalk out its election manifesto based on the feedback from the people at the grassroot levels.
The party leadership said that each ward secretary is given a list of 25 binary questions on basic amenities in their area in a Google Form and the feedbacks will be used to get a clearer picture on each constituency.
Sources in the MNM told BPNS that the party Coimbatore district functionaries have already appealed to the Tamil superstar to contest from Coimbatore seat in the 2024 general elections.
It may be noted that Kamal Haasan had recently gifted a car to Sharmila, a Tamil Nadu bus driver who was ousted from the job following a controversy of DMK leader Kanimozhi boarding the bus driven by her. Sharmila entered into a verbal duel with the conductor of the bus who asked for the ticket fare from Kanimozhi. This led to the owner of the bus dismissing Sharmila. Kamal Haasan invited her to his Chennai home and handed over a new car that she can drive for a living.
This gesture of Kamal gifting a car to Sharmila who is based out of Coimbatore is also seen as a move by the Tamil Super star to garner popularity in the area.