Actor-politician Kamal Haasan has ruled out an alliance with Tamil Nadu's largest state parties -- the DMK and the AIADMK -- and hinted at talks for an alliance with the Indian National Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In an interview with Thanthi TV, Kamal, in response to a question on a possible alliance with the Congress for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, said, “I don't know. We have to talk to them. We have to see if it suits Tamil Nadu. All I'm going to ask is what good they will for the people of Tamil Nadu. The evidence for whatever has been done thus far, is very little,” he said.
Stating that he needn't talk about an alliance at this point, he said he would contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
However, the Makkal Needhi Maiam chief ruled out an alliance with both the DMK and the ruling AIADMK in the elections, stating that both these parties needed to be isolated.
In June, Kamal met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Stating that he had gone to Delhi to officially register his party, Kamal noted that his father was a Congressman.
During the course of the interview, the actor also said that Dravidianism is not the ancestral property of Dravidian parties in the state but belonged to all.
The actor, who has been criticised for dividing his time between cinema and politics, received flak on Friday for announcing a sequel to his 1992 film Thevar Magan.
Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit earlier this month, Kamal had said, "Our membership drive is going well. Our party structure needs to be very strong. We have great people advising us, and our manifesto will be ready. We have adopted eight villages which we have started redeveloping. We have a whistle-blower app. It is not only whistle-blowing but we have an ear on the ground.”