In a move that exposes Kamal Haasan’s thirst for power, his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) joined hands with the radical Islamist outfit Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). The two parties have arrived at a seat-sharing pact. Haasan has decided to give 18 seats to the SDPI.
His alliance with SDPI comes at a time when the outfit has been accused of attempting to create ‘communal disharmony’ across the country. Several states including Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have called for a ban on the outfit. The SDPI has also been mentioned by the NIA in its charge sheet in connection with the Bengaluru violence that was witnessed last year and Around 47 of its workers have been named as ‘rioters’ in the NIA chargesheet.
The party allotted 40 seats each to Sarath Kumar’s AISMK and Paarivendhar’s IJK hoping to form a third front in the state.