Tamil Nadu

Vaiko, Thirumavalavan back Kamal

VCK chief wants Minister Rajenthra Bhalaji sacked

MDMK leader Vaiko and VCK president Thol. Thirumavalavan came out in support of actor-politician Kamal Haasan following his remarks on Nathuram Godse.

Mr. Vaiko said there was nothing wrong in Mr. Haasan’s criticism of Godse. “What is wrong in Kamal Haasan saying that Nathuram Godse had committed a brutal act?” he asked.

Stating that he could offer his comments only after reading the full contents of Mr. Haasan’s speech, Mr. Vaiko, however, told reporters that it was a dangerous sign if even commenting on Godse was considered wrong.

He asked what action was taken by the Uttar Pradesh government against a woman member of the Hindu Maha Sabha, who had fired at a “lookalike” idol of Mahatma Gandhi at Aligarh and had said that a statue of Godse would be installed. “Did Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemn this? Does the Prime Minister support those who had publicly said that a statue of Godse will be installed?” he asked.

Hindutva forces and the Sangh Parivar were attempting to foment religious fanaticism with a view to destroying communal harmony and causing bloodshed, Mr. Vaiko alleged.

Mr. Thirumavalavan condemned Minister Rajenthra Bhalaji’s statement that Mr. Haasan’s tongue should be cut for his remarks on Godse.

“The VCK demands the immediate sacking of Mr. Bhalaji from his Ministerial post and his arrest for making such violent and provocative comments,” Mr. Thirumavalavan said.

He said the party welcomed Mr. Haasan’s comments on Godse. “Godse was not only an extremist but also a terrorist. His intention was not only to kill Gandhi but also to instigate violence against Muslims in the country. Hence, more than calling him an extremist, the term ‘terrorist’ would be apt. We congratulate Kamal Haasan for speaking the truth,” he said. “But Mr. Haasan should not have raked up the issue on religious lines as it was against the Election Commission’s guidelines,” he added.

Slamming the Dairy Minister for his statement on Mr. Haasan, Mr. Thirumavalavan said, “Everyone has the right to accept or condemn Kamal Haasan’s remarks. If they didn’t feel it was right, they can condemn it or take legal action against him. But Rajenthra Bhalaji has gone against these options and has called for his tongue to be cut. This is similar to the hate speeches of the Sangh Parivar in north India.”

The VCK chief said the Tamil Nadu government should file a case against the Minister, sack him and arrest him.

TNCC president K.S. Alagiri demanded that the courts suo-motu initiate action against the Minister for his provocative comments, adding that there was nothing wrong in what Mr. Haasan had said.

‘Step down’

Meanwhile, State BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded that Mr. Haasan step down for his comments on Hindu terror. “The norms of the Election Commission clearly state that such divisive comments would not be allowed. If they keep justifying their comments, the people will teach them a lesson,” she said.

The Tamil Nadu Muslim League gave a petition to Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo against Mr. Haasan and sought the disqualification of Makkal Needhi Maiam’s candidates for the bypolls, besides a ban on the party.

“Hindus and Muslims have been living together peacefully in Tamil Nadu. The Election Commission must take action against Mr. Haasan for trying to create communal tension between the two communities,” said V.M.S. Mustafa, president, TNML.

‘Comments unwarranted’

AMMK general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran on Tuesday termed Mr. Haasan’s remarks on Godse ‘unwarranted’.

Campaigning for the AMMK’s Aravakurichi candidate, P.H. Shahul Hameed, at Pumgampadi corner in Karur, he said no one would condone the actions of Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. But there was no need for Mr. Haasan to single out Godse’s religion.

Condemning Dairy Development Minister K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji for his remarks against Mr. Haasan, Mr. Dhinakaran said Mr. Bhalaji had crossed the line.

A responsible Minister would have exercised restraint, he said.

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