ALSO READMr Modi, don't demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal, says Rahul Tamil Nadu BJP fumes over 'misconceptions' about GST, note ban in Mersal Soon, only films praising govt will be legal: Chidambaram on Mersal row GST a nuisance? Why didn't Rahul Gandhi say so in Parliament, asks BJP Rahul slams BJP for 'reckless' implementation of Congress schemes
Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinkaran on Monday joined the chorus in favour of Tamil film 'Mersal,' which is facing BJP heat, saying the saffron party's demand to delete scenes on GST amounted to "insulting freedom of expression."
He also questioned the "aggressive" posture of BJP National Secretary H Raja on this matter.
Answering reporters' queries on the controversy surrounding the Vijay-starer, Dhinakaran mockingly said that the film crew should thank Raja and BJP state President Tamilisai Soundrajan for giving such publicity for the movie.
"The censor board has allowed (the film's release) and they are now objecting (to certain scenes on GST)... this amounts to insulting freedom of expression," he said.
Dhinakaran said the film has only tried to highlight an issue, Goods and Services Tax, "affecting people."
"I don't know why Raja is so aggressive. His tone is intimidating. This is a shameful thing for all politicians, including me," he said.
BJP leaders, including Raja, Tamilisai Soundarajan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan have been demanding that the "incorrect" references be deleted from the big-budget flick.
However, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, his senior colleague P Chidambaram, DMK working president M K Stalin, veteran star Kamal Haasan, Tamil Film Producers Council, South Indian Artistes' Association and a host of Tamil cinema industry representatives had supported the film crew on the issue.