While Rajinikanth is silently taking steps to bolster the structure of his fan organization, Kamal Haasan is expected to appear before the Election Commission this month to register his Makkal Needhi Maiyam party.
Tamil cinema superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are shaping their new political parties-in-the-making – the former, by bolstering the organizational structure, and the latter by formally registering his party with the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Rajinikanth, whose latest movie Kaala will release on Thursday, has been silently taking steps to bolster the organizational structure of his fan organization, which is probably to change into his new party. In order to bolster fundamental organizational structure before launching the party, Rajinikanth has persuaded the district and block secretaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram (Rajini People’s Movement) to complete the work of constituting booth level committees across the state by end of this month.
Even Kamal Haasan who launched his Makal Needhi Maiyam party in February and introduced the flag in Madurai is looking for official recognition and has applied to ECI for formal registration.
As per the office bearers of Rajini People’s Movement, the reason for the delay in launching the party is because the actor wants to bolster the organizational structure first.
According to Rajini Gupendran, co-district secretary of Rajini People’s Movement, Nagapattinam, “Our leader has appointed the district secretaries, block-level secretaries and office bearers for the youth wing, women’s wing, and farmer’s wing; he (now) wants to complete the formation of booth-level committees within this June.”
“In Tamil Nadu, there are about 65,000 booth committees. As of now, we have formed 30,000 booth level committees with 90,000 members because our high command asked us to have 30 members in each, ” Gupendran added.
It is a tough job, as a block secretary of the Rajini People’s Party from Thanjavur district pointed out that the ruling and opposition parties are asking people not to join the actor’s party.
Raveendran Duraisamy, a political analyst from Chennai, said “Despite being popular, Rajinikanth’s aspiration of building the organization from the grassroots is essential strategy now. As both DMK and AIADMK have a strong organizational structure, Rajini, who has to compete with these Dravidian parties, has to strengthen the party from the ground up.”
June is also a big month for Kamal Haasan, which is expected to appear before the ECI to register his Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) party, following which the symbol for the party will be declared.
Mandhavi Sharma, a mouthpiece of Makkal Needhi Maiyam, said, “As the election commission declared there are no any objections from the public for registering the party, we are to appear before the EC for registering the party. As we expected, the registration work will get completed within this month.”