Chennai: Kamal Haasan’s social gathering Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) acquired a serious post-election jolt on Thursday as its two vice-presidents – R Mahendran and V Ponraj – quit their posts. Mahendran has additionally resigned from the first membership of the social gathering, citing un-democratic method during which Kamal is working the social gathering. Rebutting Mahendran’s expenses, Kamal Haasan stated he was a “traitor” and added that there was a clarion name from the cadres to weed out traitors. Mahendran’s title was first on the listing, he stated. Kamal stated Mahendran was standing in the way in which of the expansion of a number of hard-working cadres. “Everyone is aware of the doorways of the social gathering all the time stay open for incompetent and dishonest individuals to depart. He (Mahendran) is making an attempt guilty others for his incompetence, dishonesty, and failure to hunt sympathy,” Kamal stated. He stated Mahendran had quit realizing properly that he can be faraway from the social gathering.
“We ignore cowards, who run away on seeing failures,” he added.
Four normal secretaries of the social gathering – A G Mourya, Umadevi, C Ok Kumaravel and M Muruganandam – have additionally resigned their posts.
In an eight-page letter addressed to Kamal, Mahendran lashed out on the social gathering’s marketing consultant and a key advisor of the actor for the pathetic present of the social gathering within the meeting elections. He stated the marketing consultant and advisor had misguided Kamal and regardless of repeated warnings, the actor didn’t go for course correction.
Another growth was the resignation of election strategist Suresh Iyer, in opposition to whom Mahendran had levelled expenses of derailing the social gathering. Iyer heads Sankhya Consultancy, which had dealt with election methods of the MNM after Prashant Kishor’s IPAC’s contract ended. Mahendran stated the consultancy agency and Kamal’s advisor had sidelined many hardworking functionaries and cadres within the social gathering. Mahendran stated not one of the key members of the social gathering was consulted on any resolution when the social gathering was getting ready for the meeting polls. Even on alliance formation, not one of the workplace bearers have been consulted, he stated. MNM spokesperson Murali Abbas, in a press release, stated the social gathering chief would determine on the resignations.
The MNM’s vote share dipped from 3.6% in 2019 LS polls to 2.8% within the 2021 meeting polls. Kamal misplaced the polls to Vanathi Srinivasan of BJP in Coimbatore south and Mahendran misplaced in Singanallur phase.
Mahendran informed TOI that he had submitted a letter to Kamal citing causes for his exit and added that if the actor selected to behave upon the problems raised within the letter, it might be good for the social gathering. However, his resolution to quit the social gathering was closing, he stated.
Mahendran stated the social gathering core committee members wished Kamal to contest from Velachery in Chennai as many senior leaders have been additionally contesting within the metropolis. Kamal’s presence within the metropolis would have helped them, he stated. But Kamal, going by the marketing consultant’s opinion, selected to contest from Coimbatore south.
“Today, I’m unhappy to say, there’s a decline in your tenacity of objective, which lies buried underneath a mode of operation that reeks of a non-democratic method of working a political social gathering,” stated Mahendran and added after three years, the scenario warranted him to step down from the social gathering posting and the first membership of the social gathering.
In one other letter to the social gathering functionaries, Mahendran stated, “Even after the large defeat of the social gathering and his (Kamal) personal defeat (in Coimbatore South), I’m not seeing any change within the chief’s strategy and I’m not assured that he’ll change,”.
It could also be recalled that social gathering founder member Kameela Nazar had resigned earlier.