Makkal Needhi Maiam

Makkal Needhi Maiam (translation: People's Centre for Justice), is a political party in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The party was founded by Kamal Haasan.[4][5] He launched it at a public meeting in Madurai on 21 February 2018. He also unveiled the party flag.[6] 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 torch light.[7]

Makkal Needhi Maiam
People's Centre for Justice
PresidentKamal Haasan
Secretary-GeneralA. Arunachalam[1]
FounderKamal Haasan
Founded21 February 2018 (22 months ago) (2018-02-21)
Headquarters4, Eldams Road, Vannia Teynampet, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India-600018
Political positionCentre[2][3]
ColoursRed, Black and White
ECI StatusUnrecognised Party
National convenerKamal Haasan
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 233
Seats in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
0 / 234
Election symbol
Battery Torch

Makkal Needhi Maiam has also launched a whistle blower mobile application named ‘Maiam Whistle’, open to public.[8]

Maiam Whistle Application launch.jpg

This party is estimated to have around 5,500 office bearers at present.[9]

General Secretaries listEdit

Kamal Haasan announced on August 14, 2019 at Chennai, The party appointed Five General Secretaries.[10][11] October 23, 2019 party released new list.[12]

Role Name
General Secretary, President's office A. Arunachalam
General Secretary, Party Structure (North & East of Tamil Nadu) A.G. Maurya IPS (Rtd)
General Secretary, Party Structure (South & West of Tamil Nadu) C. K. Kumaravel
General Secretary, Coordination A. Sowrirajan
General Secretary, Frontals V. Umadevi

Electoral performanceEdit

Year General Election State/UT Votes Polled Vote Share(%) Seats Won Seats Contested
2019 17th Lok Sabha Tamil Nadu 15,75,640 3.77% 0 36
Puducherry 38,068 4.89% 0 1

Source: Election Commission of India

2019 Lok Sabha ElectionEdit

For 2019 Indian general election he declared to contest on 40 seats included 39 of Tamil Nadu and 1 of Puducherry.[13] 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).[14] Makkal Needhi Maiam secured 15,73,620 votes of the 4,20,83,544 polled in Tamil Nadu.[15] 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.[16] The party performed well in urban areas such as Chennai and Coimbatore, where it regularly polled upwards of 10% 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.[17]

Makkal Needhi Maiam candidates lost their deposit in all the seats it contested in the 2019 Indian general election [18] but they came third in many urban constituencies through it feel behind the Naam Tamilar Katchi in several rural constituencies and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam in some constituencies[19][20] behind the DMK and AIADMK fronts came first or second in all constituencies.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Core team of Kamal Hassan's MNM is a mix of young and old members". India Today. 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Five key promises Kamal Haasan made at launch of new party Makkal Needhi Maiam". 23 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Kamal Haasan Names New Political Party Makkal Needhi Maiam; Says 'No Left Or Right, I'm Centre'". 23 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Kamal Haasan party launch: Makkal Needhi Maiam is 'for the people'". The Indian Express. 21 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Kamal Haasan launches party, calls it Makkal Needhi Maiam". The Hindu. 21 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Kamal Hassan's Political Party and Flag Launch at Madurai on 21st Feb. 2018'". Covers 365. 21 February 2018.
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  8. ^ "Kamal Haasan launches Maiam Whistle app to help people bring their issues to govt's notice - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
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  10. ^ "Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam expands structure, spreads across 8 zones". Republic. 14 August 2019.
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  13. ^ "Makkal Needhi Maiam will contest from all 40 seats, shakes the confidence of all parties: Kamal Haasan". Times of India. The Times of India. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ "A great beginning, says Kamal Haasan". The Hindu. 25 May 2019.
  15. ^ "LIVE Tamil Nadu Election Results 2019". NDTV.
  16. ^ "Lok Sabha Election Results 2019". Dinamalar. May 2019.
  17. ^ "In poll debut, Kamal Haasan's MNM puts up a fight in urban areas". The News Minute. 24 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Candidates of AMMK, MNM, NTK lose deposit in all LS constituencies". Dennis S. Jesudasan. The Hindu. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  19. ^ "MNM fares well in urban pockets, NTK in rural areas". The Hindu. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Lok Sabha election results: Kamal Haasan's MNM, Dhinakaran's .AMMK fail to take off". D Govardan. The Times of India. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.

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