The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has announced that it will also contest in the by-elections to be held for 18 Assembly constituencies along with the Lok Sabha elections on April 18.
In a press release issued on Thursday, MNM’s national media manager Mandvi Sharma invited the party members and public also to submit application forms for party ticket to contest in the 18 Assembly constituencies. “The forms will be available at the party offices in Chennai and Pollachi from Thursday. Forms can also be downloaded from the party website,” the statement said.
The development came after repeated statements of the party president Kamal Haasan that MNM would contest in by-elections for the 18 Assembly constituencies once the dates are announced. “Our leader has confirmed it many times and we will go it alone in the by-elections,” a party source said.
The last date for submitting application forms is March 16. The cost of application is Rs 10,000, the source added.
LS candidates on March 24
Meanwhile, party insiders said that Kamal would release the list of 40 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections at a general meeting to be held in Coimbatore on March 24.
The MNM has received as many as 1,137 applications from party workers and social activists for Lok Sabha tickets.“Interview for Lok Sabha seats is under way and the process will end tomorrow (Friday). There are chances that Kamal might announce candidates for the Assembly constituencies at the Coimbatore meeting,” the source hinted.
Makkal Needhi Maiam will contest in the ‘battery torch’ symbol allotted to it by the Election Commission last week.