Tuticorin: Slamming actor-politician Kamal Haasan for his “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu” remarks, BJP state unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan asked, “Who emboldened Kamal to rake up Gandhi’s killing now and link it with Hindu extremism?”
She further questioned whether someone was misleading Kamal or he was making such an amateur remark himself. This is not a subject to be spoken at a public meeting for a by-poll she said. Pointing out that the election commission had taken similar action against some leaders in northern India, she also reiterating her party’s demand that the Election Commission should ban him from campaigning. She said she had no faith in Kamal as a political leader.
The Makkal Needhi Maiam chief had earlier threatened to leave the country when his film ‘Vishwaroopam’ faced problems after Muslim groups opposed the portrayal of the community in the film.
Soundararajan further slammed TNCC chief K S Alagiri and Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani for supporting Kamal. “First of all, Kamal Haasan should understand that what he is speaking is wrong… we cannot and should not accept extremism in any form,” she said speaking to reporters.
“But what is a matter of concern is the support by some political leaders and organisations. Because, one party which has lost its leader to extremism is now speaking in support of the same,” she further stated referring to the late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
On 21 May 1991, Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber of the banned LTTE at Sriperumbudur near Chennai during an election rally. It is to be noted that the Central government on Tuesday extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for another five years with immediate effect.