Naturals’ CK Kumaravel sends letter to Kamal Haasan quitting Makkal Needhi Maiam

CHENNAI: CK Kumaravel, co-founder of the Naturals chain of salons, has sent a letter to Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam that he was quitting from the party over what the serial entrepreneur claimed as “internal politics” within the one-year-old party.

Kumaravel had sent a letter, delivered by hand, to Party President Kamal Haasan on Monday.

Kumaravel was said to be slated to contest from his hometown of Cuddalore, a coastal constituency in Tamil Nadu. MNM has announced that it would put out its list of candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls on March 20.

“External politics is something I can handle. But, I just cannot deal with the internal. We were a young party, a start-up. Start-ups are supposed to be fast and agile, and we are one of the last to announce our candidates. There are many other factors and differences in opinion that led to my decision to send the letter,” Kumaravel told ET, adding it would be a waste of his, and his family’s, “social capital” to continue to be a part of the party.

Kamal Haasan had decided to contest alone in the Lok Sabha polls, giving Dravidian outfits the DMK and the AIADMK a wide berth, to avoid, in his words,”the stain of corruption.” In an interview with ET earlier, Haasan had said he would take the plunge himself and contest in the elections, “should there be a need for it.”

Makkal Needhi Maiam is among the few parties in Tamil Nadu that has decided to go alone for the polls. VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran and Tamil nationalist outfit Naam Thamizhar Katchi are the others who would their own candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.

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