Sarathkumar meets Kamal Haasan amid talks of formation of third front

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CHENNAI: Amid talks about a third front, All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi leader R

Sarathkumar

called on Makkal Needhi Maiam chief

Kamal Haasan

on Saturday.
Sarathkumar said he met

Kamal

to explore the possibility of good people and likeminded people getting together.
"I heard his views. MNM office-bearers will discuss with us how to take it forward. After that, we expect a good decision," he said.
On severing ties with the AIADMK, Sarathkumar said there was no invite for alliance talks from the ruling party.
"We were part of the AIADMK alliance for the last 10 years. There was no invite for an alliance talk. Now, we have decided to move on," he said.
When asked whether TTV Dhinakaran's AMMK would join the third front, he was evasive in his reply. "People with similar views need to join hands to contest elections. If it happens, we will let you know," Sarathkumar said.
Kamal told reporters that his doors were open. "Clouds are forming and it will rain soon," he said about the possibility of more parties joining the fold to fight the assembly elections together.
Speaking about the election schedule, he said, "We thought there were lots of days for the polls. But as per the schedule announced by the

Election Commission

, there are only 36 days left for the elections. Fortunately, MNM started preparations early."
The party formed a six-member committee headed by Kamal Haasan to interview the candidates who have filed applications seeking seats.
Kamal would start the campaign on March 3.
Veteran politician Pazha Karuppaiah and social activist Senthil Arumugam of Satta Panchayat joined MNM on Saturday and Kamal said they would contest in the upcoming elections. Asked about his wheelchair comment, which has irked the followers of former CM

M Karunanidhi

, Kamal said he was not referring to

Karunanidhi

doing politics sitting on a wheelchair. Kamal said he was talking about his own future plans and sought to explain that he meant he did not have enough time for a long tenure in politics.

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