The ruling AIADMK and Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam today started the process of interviewing aspiring candidates of their respective parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the joint coordinator and coordinator of the AIADMK, interviewed wannabe candidates at the party headquarters at Royapettah in Chennai.
At the headquarters of Makkal Needhi Maiam at Alwarpet in the city, Kamal, accompanied by party seniors including the recently joined actress Kovai Sarala, interviewed aspiring contestants.
On Sunday, while the AIADMK forged alliance with Vijayakanth's DMDK and allotted four seats to it, Kamal's party received torch light as its symbol. In a tweet, Kamal said, "MNM thanks the Election Commission for granting us the ‘Battery Torch’ symbol for the forthcoming elections, So appropriate. MNM will endeavour to be the ‘Torch-Bearer’ for a new era in TN and Indian politics."
Speaking to reporters, Kamal said that for a party that had, right from the start, sought to shed light on society’s ills, the allotted symbol was apt, adding that it would ‘shine’. “Our alliance is an extremely strong one, as it is with the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, State Fisheries Minister and senior AIADMK leader D Jayakumar said "AIADMK is a beacon light for the world. Torch-light can only light up a very small area."