You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

MNM seeks minister's ouster after 'cut-Haasan's tongue' comments

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai/Tuticorin(TN) 

The (MNM) on Tuesday sought the removal of a who said party Kamal Haasan's tongue should be cut off for commenting that independent India's "first extremist was a Hindu".

Milk and K T Rajenthira Bhalaji ridiculed MNM's demand and said his remark was made as an "advice" for the actor, in a bid to inform him of the public anger his comments had led to.

He also promised to withdraw his remarks if Haasan expressed regret for his original statement.

general secretary A Arunachalam strongly condemned the senior AIADMK leader's comments, saying it showed that the lacked "political ethics and personal dignity".

"As the elected of the people and the minister for milk and dairy development, Mr has broken the promise he made when he took oath as a minister. So he must be removed from his post immediately," Arunachalam said in a statement.

However, Bhalaji hit out at the MNM's demand and sought to know what violation of oath he had committed and if he was "speaking ill of a particular faith or promoting another."

Haasan was not the President, or Minister to seek his removal as a Minister, he added.

On Monday, Bhalaji had said Haasan's tongue should be cut off for saying that free India's "first extremist was a Hindu".

"His tongue should be cut off... he has said (free India's first extremist) was a Hindu. Extremism has no religion, neither Hindu nor Muslim nor Christian," the minister had said.

On Tuesday, he said he did not intend to hurt anybody with his remarks, but that it was reflective of the public mood against the

The Minister said that in public meetings in villages, if someone speaks ill of a particular community, those concerned would respond by "throwing stones" or snap the power supply as "that is how they can show their anger."

"If he (Haasan) issues a statement that he had made the remarks inadvertently and that Hindus need not feel hurt due to it, I will also immediately withdraw my statement," he told reporters at Tuticorin.

Haasan had said on Sunday that "free India's first extremist was a Hindu", referring to who killed

The actor-turned-politician's remarks had drawn condemnation from the BJP, which accused him of indulging in "divisive politics", but found the backing of the and the Dravidar Kazhagam.

Haasan had said he was one of those "proud Indians" who desires an of equality and where the three colours in the Tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, "remained intact".

"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 There it (extremism, apparently) starts," he had said in bypoll-bound Aravakurichi.

Bhalaji demanded to know if the founder would make similar comments against other faiths, adding Haasan has "joined the likes of DMK M K and K Veeramani who have made it a habit to tease Hindus and Hindu gods."

He also took a jibe at Stalin's poll-time temple visits in 2016 and said, "we go everywhere-- to mosque, temple and church."

The Minister said comments from popular like Haasan would become and that people like Bhalaji would question him if he makes such controversial statements.

"Why is he lighting a fire, spewing venom (that could create) a law and order problem? His remarks could incite terrorism, extremism... demeaning a particular faith is strongly condemnable," he added.

Seeking to know if Haasan was "hobnobbing with seperatists," the Minister urged the to act against

He also lashed out at TNCC K S Alagiri and Veeramani for supporting Haasan.

"Alagiri is unift to live in He should go to .. It is stupid to make such comments," he said.

The state chief had alleged that Hindu outfits like RSS "believe in destroying those with opposing views" and equated the saffron organisation with ISIS, saying the Islamic organisation does not tolerate contrarian views even from fellow Muslims.

He has also backed Haasan's comment, adding he would concur with the "not just 100 percent, but 1000 percent."

Veeramani was always known to have "hurt Hindu sentiments," Bhalaji added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 17:06 IST