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Slippers thrown at Kamal Haasan while campaigning in Madurai

Kamal Haasan said on Wednesday that he was giving his speech. (File)


Slippers were thrown at the actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday evening while campaigning in the Tirupparankundram constituency in Madurai. The slipper attack came three days after Mr. Haasan had said "Independent India & # 39; s first extremist was a Hindu", referring to Mahatama Gandhi & # 39; s assassin Nathuram Godse.

Eleven people, including BJP workers and members of another outfit, Hanuman Sena, have been mentioned in the police complaint. They threw the slippers at the podium when Mr. Haasan addressed the crowd. The slippers didn't hit Mr. Haasan and fell on the crowd, police said.

Mr Haasan's remarks about Nathuram Godse, who murdered Mahatma Gandhi in 1947, have become a major controversy. The 64-year-old, while campaigning in Aravakurichi on Sunday, said: "I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this in front of a statue of Gandhi, India's first extremist (theeviravaadi) was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. It starts there. "

Aravakurichi and Tirupparankundram are among the four constituencies in Tamil Nadu where there are pounds on Sundays. Kamal Haasan & Makkal Needhi Maiam or the MNM, who have debated these national elections, have taken candidates out of these seats.

The BJP was quick to hit the MNM chief. "We strongly condemn Kamal Haasan in his opinion poll about Hindu extremism, he causes municipal violence in a place where there are many minorities. The election committee must take strict measures against Kamal Haasan for this speech," Tamil Nadu BJP head Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted in Tamil shortly after Mr. Haasan's speech.

Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajenthra Bhalaji also responded to the comment on Monday and said that the tongue of Kamal Haasan should be cut off. "Extremism has no religion, neither Hindu nor Muslim nor Christian," he said. The MNM demanded that he be fired for such a remark.

A police complaint was also filed against the actor-politician on Monday in Aravakurichi about his comments.

On Wednesday, Mr. Haasan said that he was sticking to his remarks and that in his speech he was only & # 39; facts & # 39; had mentioned. He also filed a petition for anticipatory bail at the Madras High Court, in which he said his speech was only about Nathuram Godse and not about the Hindu community "as a whole." The Madras High Court will hear the petition today.

Earlier in the day, his party had made a statement stating that his comments were "taken out of context." "This (his comment) has definitely been taken out of context and the speech has been painted with anti-Hindu intent, which has caused complete confusion and extreme anxiety among many ordinary citizens who are not familiar with this larger conspiracy," de read the statement.

(With PTI input)

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