New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Minister for Milk and Dairy Development KT Rajenthra Bhalaji on Monday hit out at Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan for saying the ‘first terrorist of independent India was a Hindu’. Bhalaji claimed that the actor-turned-politician made the remark to gain the votes of minorities in Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency where a bye-election is to be held on May 19.
“Kamal Haasan’s tongue should be cut off for his remarks on Hindu terror. He made these remarks to gain votes of minorities. We can’t blame entire community for act of one individual. EC should take action against the actor and ban his party,” said the minister while speaking to reporters in Thoothukudi. The Minister added ‘Haasan spews venom’ and wondered why he was doing that.
Earlier in the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) approached the Election Commission of India demanding a five-day ban on Haasan over his controversial ‘Hindu extremism’ remark. BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay filed the complaint against the actor-turned-politician.
Haasan had stoked a controversy by saying that free India’s first ‘extremist was a Hindu’ — Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.
“I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India’s first extremist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (extremism, apparently) starts,” the MNM chief had stated an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi assembly constituency.