Kamal Haasan, the founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday a day after announcing his election manifesto.
The meeting between the two leaders, held in Nabanna, came just days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Though the actor-turned-politician did not elaborate on the agenda, he confirmed that MNM has entered into an alliance with the TMC in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which has one Lok Sabha seat.
Haasan said that he will campaign for the TMC in Andaman.
“Meeting was excellent we are proud to say that Makkal Needhi Maiam is an ally of TMC in Andaman. We hope this relation evolves in future. I’m going to campaign for their candidate (in Andaman),” Haasan told reporters before leaving for Chennai.
He said that he is currently thinking about his region and Bengal.
“We will take things forward step by step,” Haasan added.
The Trinamool has fielded eight-time Congress MP Manoranjan Bhakta’s grandson Ayan Mondal as its candidate in the Andaman and Nicobar constituency.
“We have formed a political alliance (with MNM). Our candidate in the Andamans is Manoranjan Bhakta’s grandson Ayan Mondal. Kamal Haasan has extended his support to us and he will go there on April 6 to address a public meeting,” Banerjee said after her meeting with the south Indian actor at the state secretariat, Nabanna here.
Calling it a good opportunity for people of Bengal and Tamil Nadu to work together, Banerjee also showered praises on Haasan.
“Someone like Kamal Haasan has very good credentials…not just as a politician but also as an actor. Everybody knows his name. His idea of rendering service to the people is very good and unique. We are grateful to him for his initiative,” she said.