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‘If hung assembly, will back govt without Stalin, EPS’: Kamal Hasaan | India News

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NEW DELHI: In an interview with Arun Ram, Kamal Haasansaid his party was here for the long haul to see the end of DMK & AIADMK.
“One is a venomous reptile, it’s head is gone, but its tail is twitching; the other has a head; it is an alive & kicking animal,” he said. Excerpts from the interview:
You got 3.7% votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. What is your expectation this time?
I will not go into analytics because things can go terribly wrong with analytics. I will go with the kind of traction and reaction we got from people. What I get is a new wave of empathy for us.
What after the election?
Whatever happens — and I am not diffident about speaking about that because we are ready for everything — you cannot dismiss MNM from the map of Tamil Nadu politics. That’s a very important place to be in the first three years of our life. My enemies are those who don’t fear criticism against corrupt.
If you have to choose a CM between EPS and Stalin?
I will not choose either. If these are the only choices, then I need not have come into politics.
Can you put a number to your expectation based on lessons from 2019?
We were (in 2019) nascent as politicians. We were not a trained political party. We have corrected certain things. To put a number … I would put a three-figure, that is a win. We want to win. That’s an aspiration.
Analysts say if we cross 10%, we are in the game. But we are not keen on just being in the game, we want to change the game.
Will you name the party?
Both the parties. One is in power, one is not. One is a very venomous reptile. The head is gone and the tail is twitching. The other is equally bad, it has a head; it is an alive and kicking animal with a fang and a bagful of venom. We have to take them on. And this is not a personal attack on anyone.
You claim to be the alternative. How are you different?
One, my contestants who have no criminal background. They have done social service before coming here. Two, the manifesto that came from their qualities, not their money. There are people who are affluent, but not affluent enough to run the party. That includes me.
So how do you manage to battle the money bags?
I keep on taking work. I charge a bomb (for acting) and that helps. I am investing all that. That’s not enough but it’s an investment in people. It’s a return gratuity for what I’ve received all these years.
Surveys show people go by party, not policies or manifestos. How will you break that?
I’ve done it before, in the film industry, challenging the status quo of the business—that’s something even greats like Sivaji Ganesan and MGR couldn’t. I’ve challenged formulas and I’ve won. It wasn’t easy.
These changes in politics have to happen in the rural areas, but you and your big names are contesting in cities.
There was a suggestion that I contest from Mylapore, but I decided against it because it may be linked to my caste. I don’t consider caste for a candidate. I chose Coimbatore because it has been a playground of religious disharmony. And some of the top corrupt ministers’ area – including the chief minister’s – is in that region. Also, the BJP is contesting there.
What are your prospects in Coimbatore South?
As of now it’s good. From what I hear from the ground, it will be better.
If there is a hung assembly, will you support a party to form the government?
We will have to help people instead of burdening them with another election, but if we have two evils to choose from, we will push for another election.
If you have to choose a CM between EPS and Stalin?
I will not choose either. If these are the only choices, then I need not have come into politics.

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