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MNM seeks TN minister's ouster after 'cut-Haasan's tongue' remark

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chennai: The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) yesterday sought the removal of a Tamil Nadu minister who said party chief Kamal Haasan's tongue should be cut off for commenting that independent India's "first extremist was a Hindu".

MNM general secretary A Arunachalam strongly condemned senior AIADMK leader K T Rajendra Bhalaji's comments, saying it showed that the minister lacked "political ethics and personal dignity".

"As the elected representative of the people and the minister for milk and dairy development, Mr Rajendra Bhalaji 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.

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.

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

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 Congress and the Dravidar Kazhagam.

Complaint filed against Kamal Haasan for 'Hindu terrorist' remark
New Delhi, May 14 (PTI)
A complaint was yesterday filed before a court here seeking prosecution of actor-politician Kamal Haasan for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by terming Nathuram Godse, who had killed Mahatma Gandhi, a "Hindu terrorist".

The matter is likely to be listed before a Metropolitan Magistrate on May 16.

The complainant has sought Haasan's prosecution for alleged offences punishable under Indian Penal Code sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, language etc) and 295-A (outrage religious feelings by insulting religion etc).

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