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Kamal Haasan's 'first terrorist was Hindu' remark taken out of context: MNM

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(MNM) on Wednesday issued a clarification on its chief Kamal Haasan's statement that 'first terrorist in independent was a Hindu," saying 'it has been taken out of context.'

In a statement issued by R Mahendran, Vice President of the party, MNM stated: "was calling for religious tolerance and co-existence amongst all religious groups and condemned extremism in whichever form and religions."

Asserting that confusion was made among citizens, the party further said: "This has been taken absolutely out of context and the speech has been painted as anti -Hindu, with a malafide intent. This has created complete confusion and utmost anxiety amongst many common citizens who are not privy to this larger conspiracy."

Earlier on Tuesday, moved the seeking direction from (EC) to take action against Kamal Haasan, who stoked controversy by referring Mahatma Gandhi's assassin as the "first Hindu terrorist in independent "

"I am not saying this because many Muslims are here. I am saying this in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue. The first terrorist in independent is a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse," Haasan had said while campaigning in Tamil Nadu's Aravakurichi assembly constituency on Sunday.

Haasan's comment drew flak from the BJP leaders and Hindu outfits.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 12:40 IST