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Kamal Haasan strengthens top brass in runup to state poll

CHENNAI: Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam has strengthened its party structure with six general secretaries in a bid to grow its support in urban constituencies and widen into the hinterlands after its debut performance in the recent General elections proved it required work in rural areas.

The new top brass has dedicated in-charges for coordination, expanding the organisation, propaganda, administering the party’s various wings such as students, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and so on.

“The reorganisation is aimed at a renewed focus on all party activity, to help us get the message across more effectively as we gear up for the forthcoming Assembly elections in 2021,” said R Rangarajan, a former bureaucrat who had contested the Chennai South constituency in the LS elections.

Rangarajan, one of the new general secretaries, said the party will recruit close to one lakh functionaries in the next three months to strengthen the lower rungs, the number likely to scale higher considering the various ward members to be enlisted ahead of the elections.

Haasan had faced the polls alone in April this year, advancing an idea of “peoplecentric and clean” politics amid a pitched battle between a strident DMK and the BJPAIADMK alliance over erosion of state rights and religious polarisation. Haasan’s political constituency turned out to be urban pockets such as Chennai, Sriperumbudur, Coimbatore, Madurai, and Tiruppur. According to data collated by MNM, 28 of its top 30 assembly constituencies were urban; all four Lok Sabha constituencies where it secured over 10% vote-share were urban, too. “All the urban centres we had done well, in fact, much more than any other party in its first elections, but in the rural areas, work is required,” said Rangarajan.

Source: Economic Times