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Kamal Haasan releases election manifesto, promises 50 lakh jobs

File photo: Actor, politician Kamal Haasan. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Mar 24, 2019, 11.08 PM (IST)

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday announced he will neither contest April 18 Lok Sabha polls nor the by-polls to 18 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu.

"I will neither contest upcoming Lok Sabha polls nor assembly bypolls to 18 constituencies in Tamil Nadu. I have a lot of work to do. I will work towards the success of my candidates," said the Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Hassan in Coimbatore.     

Last month Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) had said that they will not align with Dravidian parties in the Lok Sabha polls.

On March 21 the party released its first list of 21 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. However, the list does not include Haasan`s name.

Tamil Nadu will go to polls on April 18, and counting of votes will be done on May 23. 

The party will contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats, including Puducherry, and by-polls to 18 assembly constituencies. 

Releasing MNM’s manifesto for the polls, Kamal Haasan promised to generate 50 lakh jobs, 100 per cent profit for farmers for their agricultural produce, wipe out poverty from Tamil Nadu and reform the existing Lok Ayukta Act and appoint a credible Lok Ayukta.

(With inputs from agencies)