BJP is demanding the actor's arrest and is also asking the Election Commission to take action against him.
As we move closer to the closing phases of the Lok Sabha 2019 polls, the campaigns are getting more scrutiny and bringing in religiously targeted comments which are inviting debates, arguments and flak.
In that vein, Kamal Haasan has now gotten into hot waters with right-wingers for his remarks regarding Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse. Haasan was in the Aravakurichi assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, in order to campaign for his party candidate S. Mohanraj when he made the following remarks.
Standing out of the sunroof of a vehicle, Mr Haasan campaigns for his party candidate
The actor-turned-politician was reported to have said,
“I am not saying this because many Muslims are here. I'm saying this in front of Gandhi's statue. The first terrorist post India's independence is a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse.”
Haasan used the term ‘theevravaadi’ which can also be translated as extremist.
Following this, BJP is demanding the actor's arrest and is also asking the Election Commission to take actions against him.
Haasan is currently the president of the Makkal Needhi Maiam party (MNM). The Aravakurichi constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Karur district is set to hold the by-polls on Sunday. He clarified that his statement was not meant in a bid to garner favour with the Muslim-majority electorate in the constituency.
BJP in reaction to his remarks has said that he is lighting a “dangerous fire”.
Tamil Nadu’s BJP Chief Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted out,
“Actor Kamalahasan recalling Gandhi’s assassination now and calling it Hindu terrorism is condemnable. Standing amidst minorities in TN by-election campaign he is lighting a dangerous fire to gain votes by minority appeasement. Kamal didn’t opine on recent Sri Lanka bomb blast why? (sic),”
She further added,
“But dares to take up decades old event which was well enquired & guilty punished? He threatened to leave India when his film screening was prevented by religious groups! But now he calls himself true Indian! True political acting started now having lost the chances in screenplay. (sic).”
At the rally Haasan called himself Gandhi’s “great-grandson in spirit” and that he was there to question his assassination. He further remarked,
"Good Indians desire for equality and want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact. I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that."
Source: File Photo (PTI)
This is not the first time the actor has had confrontations with the BJP. In 2017 the actor had stoked a controversy when he said extremism had invaded right-wing groups. He had stated,
"In the past, Hindu, right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence."
Later he had clarified that he is not anti-national nor was he against any other religions. Earlier in 2019 Haasan had also blamed the right-wing for the widespread protests that occurred in Kerala in regards to the Sabarimala temple issue. The actor launched his party in February 2018 and has fielded candidates in all 39 Lok Sabha seats of Tamil Nadu.