Actor-politician Kamal Haasan launched his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) in February 2018. For the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission allocated symbols to 39 registered parties in the country. Among which, the highest election body allocated the ‘battery torch’ as the symbol for Haasan’s party. As per reports, the party reportedly requested the ECI to assign a common symbol across constituencies to contest in the upcoming elections. Thanking the ECI, Haasan took to social media on Sunday morning and called the symbol ‘so appropriate’.
His tweet stated that his party ‘will endeavour to be the torch-bearer for a new era in TN and Indian politics'. While launching his party, Haasan announced that Makkal Needhi Maiam would contest elections in all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and one seat in Puducherry. He added that his party would not ally with any other party, but would face the polls alone. He also expressed that his party would emerge victorious in every election to come.
Haasan unveiled the party flag in the meeting too. It comprises of six interlocking arms. These are said to symbolise the unity between five southern Indian states (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana) and Union Territory of Puducherry.
A meeting of Haasan with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi earlier led to speculations that Makkal Needhi Maiam would tie-up with the Congress. However, it looks unlikely as Congress is in coalition with the DMK, a party the actor is not keen on joining hands with.