New Delhi: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Friday defended his ‘Hindu Extremist’ remarks saying ‘every religion has their own terrorist and  none can claim that they are sanctimonious’. Addressing an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi assembly constituency, where bypolls will be held on May 19 , Haasan had stoked a controversy saying that free India’s first ‘extremist was a Hindu’ — Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

“I feel the quality of polity is going down. I don’t feel threatened. Every religion has their own terrorist, we cannot claim that we are sanctimonious. History shows that all religions have their extremists,” said the actor-turned politician while defending his controversial comments, that led incidents such as hurling of stones and footwear at him during an election rally.

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Earlier on Thursday, Haasan had asked his fans to be maintain decorum and ‘not to be drawn into the violence’.
“Dear MNM family and fans, this is an acid test for our decorum and demeanour. Do not listen to their noises and be drawn into their violence,” he said in a tweet. He added.”They are extremists who are slighted by the Truth. Naalai Namadhey! (Tomorrow belongs to us).”

While footwear was thrown during the actor’s bypoll campaign at Thirupparankundram in Madurai on Wednesday, stones and eggs were hurled during a public meeting on Thursday at Aravakurichi in Karur district by unidentified persons. MNM workers had allegedly beaten up the persons suspected to have thrown stones and eggs.