Prashant Kishor Rolls Out Slew Of Changes In MNM’s Strategy Ahead Of TN Assembly Elections Due In 2021


New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), which has hired poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s IPAC ahead of the Tamil Nadu State Legislative Assembly (TNLA) elections due in 2021 is rolling out a slew of changes. The party exhibited a tepid performance in its first-ever electoral outing during the recent Lok Sabha elections, where it polled just a little over four percent of the total votes.

The major Dravidian parties, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) are yet to come out from the shadow of the recently finished Lok Sabha polls and 22 assembly by-polls. But, the MNM has already activated its poll machinery for the 2021 assembly polls as per the IPAC’s blueprint.

According to MNM top sources, the IPAC has started its work for the veteran actor’s party in the first week of August and has recently submitted a report conveying the current position of MNM.

“As per the suggestion of IPAC, we have done some major changes in the party structure. We are looking to strengthen our party structure in the rural areas,” MNM sources said.

Kamal Haasan who launched his party MNM in February 2018 had fielded candidates for all the 38 seats in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Puducherry. While it failed to win any seat, MNM did creditably in the urban pockets including South Chennai, Coimbatore, and Madurai.

Since elections for the Vellore LS seat were rescinded in April and again held in August, MNM chose not to field its candidate in the seat.

According to Murali Abbas, spokesperson MNM, “Since TN people had given a reasonable mandate for a debutant party, we intend to strengthen our position to fulfill their dreams through the upcoming elections.

“When LS polls were conducted in Tamil Nadu in April, our party was just 1.2 years old. Even though we were newcomers, TN voters had belief in us. The same was reflected in the results. Hence, we have joined hands with IPAC. They are working for us in the field. MNM will emerge as a big force in TN. We will provide the best governance to TN,” Abbas added.

He also highlighted Kamal’s recent move to expand MNM’s party structure by inducting six general secretaries into the party.

Abbas said in the recent revamp MNM had divided the state into eight zones.

“Chennai, Kancheepuram, Salem, Villupuram, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai and Tirunelveli are the eight zones. This is for the easy and effective administration of our party. Each zone will have their zonal in-charge for the organization as well as co-ordination,” a MNM statement said.


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