Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam party chief Kamal Haasan’s statement on Sunday regarding Nathuram Godse, during an election campaign for party candidate Aravakurichi, had stoked a fresh controversy. Speaking at a public rally,  the actor-turned-politician said, “Independent India’s first terrorist was a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse.”

He added, “I’m not saying this because this is a locality with a sizeable Muslim population, I’m saying this in front of a Gandhi statue.” Haasan stated that he is Gandhi’s great-grandson in his conscience.

Addressing the gathering, Kamal Haasan said, “I am here to question that murder today. Consider it that way.”

He also expressed his wish for a diverse and equal India. “The true wish of all good Indians is that all three colours of our flag remain intact and they are. I am a good Indian and I can beat my chest and say this,” the MNM chief added.

The election campaign took place ahead of the assembly by-poll to 4 seats that are scheduled to take place in May 19.

Notably, Kamal Haasan had cast his vote along with his daughter Shruti Haasan at a polling booth on April 18.