Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) received approval from the Election Commission to be recognised as officially registered political party – almost three months after the party was launched.

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) formed by Tamil Nadu’s actor-politician Kamal Haasan was built up in February as a political party in the state, and after a little over few months, the Election Commission has approved it to be an officially registered party. Makkal Needhi Maiam, which translates to People’s Justice Centre – was launched during the mega event in Madurai of Tamil Nadu in presence of a number of leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 22, 2018. The party had then applied for registration in the Election Commission and had to wait for three months before receiving approval.

Today, the Election Commission granted approval to recognise Makkal Needhi Maiam to be an officially registered political party. The approval comes just few days after Haasan’s day-long trip to Delhi, when he is said to have met with the Election Commission officials for registration process of the party. After the meeting, Haasan had said that the Election Commission had certain queries regarding the party, which were cleared by the actor and all documents were provided by them. The documentation of MNM is complete and the government has granted registration and Mr Haasan will receive the papers by early next week.

A functionary senior at MNM had confirmed it saying that, “The party will get the relevant documents early next week. The formal letter was sent today.” As needed, there is a logo to unify MNM – with a white background, six hands joined together, with shades of red over three hands and the rest in white. Talking about recent meeting with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Kamal Haasan had clarified that his party is not discussing alliance with Congress, and the meeting was just to discuss political situation in Tamil Nadu.