Chennai: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday celebrated the completion of a year of launching his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). Addressing a rally in Thirunelveli, Kamal Haasan expressed his confidence in winning every election that is to come.

Kamal Haasan said, “I am not BJP’s B team, but Tamil Nadu’s A team. We shall win not just 40 seats, but 60 seats.”

The opposition DMK terms his party as the BJP's "B Team", maintaining that it will only serve to divide the secular vote in the Lok Sabha elections.

The 60 seats reference was made to the 39 Tamil Nadu commands in the Lok Sabha and the 21 that are vacant following Madras High Court’s decision to uphold the disqualification of the AIADMK legislators under TTV Dhinakaran.

Speaking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Haasan said: "The MNM will provide a voice that at least demands a change of Prime Minister. As for the opposition's Mahagathbandhan against the BJP, it will untwine. They will soon start switching sides and walking out of the alliance."

In a conversation with MyNation, BJP’s general secretary of Tamil Nadu, Vanathi Srinivasan said that everyone who has a party will be confident of winning. “Kamal Haasan can propagate as much as he wants among the people. But this will not affect the BJP in anyway,” said Vanathi.

Haasan expressed confidence that the party he launched in Madurai last February has evolved enough to take Indian politics by the horns.

"We are clean and honest, and we shall remain so. Let's uproot casteism and nurture equality together. Let's teach this generation what democracy actually stands for," he added.

Haasan’s counterpart Rajinikanth, who also announced his entry into politics, took to Twitter to congratulate Haasan on the occasion soon after.

"The Makkal Needhi Maiam leader has decided to contest the elections just as his party enters its second year. Kamal Haasan, my dear friend, I congratulate you heartily," he tweeted.

Kamal Haasan also responded to the tweet wherein he thanked Rajinikanth, his friend for over 40 years, for his support. “As long as we have good people around, we can overcome anything,” Haasan said in his tweet.

Rajinikanth has decided to skip the upcoming Lok Sabha polls to focus on the 2021 Tamil Nadu elections.