Makkal Needhi Maiam
AbbreviationMNM
PresidentKamal Haasan
FounderKamal Haasan
Founded21 February 2018 (4 years ago) (2018-02-21)
Headquarters4, Eldams Road, Vannia Teynampet, Alwarpet, Chennai-600018, Tamil Nadu, India
Political positionCentre[1][2]
ColoursRed, black and white
ECI StatusUnrecognised Party
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in State Legislative Assemblies
Election symbol
Torch Light
Website
MAIAM

The Makkal Needhi Maiam (transl.  Centre for People's Justice; abbr. MNM) is an Indian regional political party in the state of Tamil Nadu and union territory of Puducherry.[3] The party was founded by Kamal Haasan at Madurai on 21 February 2018.[4] He also unveiled the party flag.[5] The flag is symbolised by six interlocked hands, meant to represent co-operation between the Southern states of India (5 States and 1 UT). Their election symbol is a battery torchlight.[6]

Makkal Needhi Maiam has also launched a mobile whistleblower application named ‘Maiam Whistle’, open to the public.[7]

This party is estimated to have around 5,500 office bearers at present.[8] R. Mahendran quit the party stating that the party was functioning in an "undemocratic manner."[9]

Vice-President

Dr. Kamal Haasan, the President of the Makkal Needhi Maiam party, appointed Mr. A.G. Mourya IPS (Retd) and Mr. Thangavelu as Vice-President of Makkal Needhi Maiam party in 2021.

State Secretaries list

Dr. Kamal Haasan announced new executives of Makkal Needhi Maiam party on 26 June 2021.[10][11]

Role Name
State secretary, Headquarters Mr. Sarath Babu
State Secretary, Organization Mr. Siva Ilango
State Secretary, Media & IT Mr. Senthil Arumugam

Electoral Performance

Indian General Elections

Vote share in consecutive Lok Sabha elections
2019
3.78%
Lok Sabha Elections
Election Year Party leader Seats contested Seats won Change in seats Vote swing Popular vote Result
2019 Kamal Haasan 37
0 / 543
Steady Increase 3.78 1,613,708 Lost

State Legislative Assembly Elections

Vote share in consecutive Tamil Nadu Assembly elections
2021
2.62%
Election Year Party leader Seats contested Seats won Change in seats Percentage of votes Vote swing Popular vote Result
2021 Tamil Nadu Kamal Haasan 154 0 - 2.62% +2.62% Increase 1,210,886 Lost
2021 Puducherry Kamal Haasan 22 0 - 1.89% +1.89% Increase 15,825 Lost

2019 Lok Sabha Election

For 2019 Indian general election he declared to contest on 40 seats included 39 of Tamil Nadu and 1 of Puducherry.[12] Initially, there was speculation that Kamal Haasan could ally with the Congress after the state Congress chief had hinted at it. A few days ago, a lesser known Republican Party of India had forged an alliance with the MNM.

Releasing the party manifesto and the second list of candidates of his Makkal Needhi Maiam or MNM at a function in Coimbatore, Mr Haasan said, "All candidates are my faces. I am proud being the chariot puller than being in the chariot".

Makkal Needhi Maiam's vote share in the 2019 Lok Sabha election was 3.72% (in the seats it contested).[13] Makkal Needhi Maiam secured 1,613,708 votes of the 4,20,83,544 polled in Tamil Nadu.[14] J. Ebenezer, who contested from the Kanyakumari constituency secured the fewest votes at 8,590 while the MNM vice-president Dr. R.Mahendran contesting from the Coimbatore constituency secured the highest number of votes by the party at 1,45,104.[15] The party performed well in urban areas such as Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai, where it regularly polled upwards of 8.5% to 12.5% of the vote share and often secured more than one lakh votes, but it performed poorly in rural areas. Despite this, all the candidates lost their deposit.[16]

Makkal Needhi Maiam candidates lost their deposit in all the seats it contested in the 2019 Indian general election[17] but they came third in many urban constituencies through it fell behind the Naam Tamilar Katchi in several rural constituencies and Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam in some constituencies[18][19] behind the DMK and AIADMK fronts came first or second in all constituencies.

2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly Election

On 13 December 2020, Haasan launched MNM's election campaign for the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election, running candidates in 142 assembly constituencies and committing that he would not form an alliance with either DMK or AIADMK.[20][21] MNM failed to win any seat in the election, with Haasan himself losing to BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan in the Coimbatore South Assembly constituency by 1728 votes.[22]

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