4th April, 2019
Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav to campaign for Makkal Needhi Maiam led by Kamal Haasan
Yogendra Yadav to join Kamal Haasan in Tiruppur district for campaigning at 8 pm on 5th of April, 2019
Farmers’ issues and Gram Sabhas get MNM and Swaraj India together
Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav will be in Tamil Nadu on 5th of April to campaign for Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). Newly formed MNM led by Kamal Haasan has decided to contest Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha elections and the State Assembly by-elections.
“Swaraj India has always supported people’s movements and we believe that under the leadership of Kamal Haasan, an alternative political force will develop in Tamil Nadu,” said Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav.
Terming MNM’s support to the farmers’ cause as one of the main reasons behind the support, Swaraj India Tamil Nadu President K. Balakrishnan said, “One of the major reasons for this support is that MNM has been raising the voice of the farmers right since its inception. Be it helping farmers affected by Gaja cyclone or the farmers displaced by the Salem – Chennai highway, MNM has always stood by the farmers and raised their voice.”
K. Balakrishnan also said that Kamal Haasan’s campaigns to create awareness about Gram Sabhas to empower village folk served as another main reason for the support as strengthening Gram Sabhas & Gram Panchayats is one of the basic goals of Swaraj India.
When representatives of the Swaraj India including Yogendra Yadav & K Balakrishnan were detained by Tamil Nadu Police while they were on a fact-finding mission in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai district, Kamal Haasan had come out in support of Yogendra Yadav and condemned the detention terming it an ‘act of dictatorship’.
Both the parties have been in opposition to the BJP and at the same time stayed away from the Mahagathbandan as well.
“Both MNM and Swaraj India believe in working towards creating an alternate political space in the country and not in dividing voters on the basis of religious or caste lines,” said Christina Samy, the party’s Presidium member from Tamil Nadu