Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who is also the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief, has ruled out an alliance with either the DMK or the AIADMK in the 2021 Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu. “They have said that Kamal Haasan has ruled out alliances with Dravidian parties, there is a small correction in that. As long as the word ‘Dravidam’ is there in the national anthem, Dravidianism will exist. The correction is that ‘no alliance with the kazhagams,’” said Kamal Haasan at an MNM meeting on Tuesday.
While it is unclear if Kamal will choose to go it alone – like he did in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections – or cobble together a Third Front for the Assembly polls, political experts say that his decision to not align with the ‘Kazhagams’ will cut into the anti-incumbency votes.