The constituency where Haasan made this statement has a by-election on 19 May for an Assembly seat
Aravakurichi is a Muslim-dominated area[/pullquote]
Chennai: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has given a controversial statement. During his Lok Sabha election campaign in Aravakurichi in Tamil Nadu, he said, “The first terrorist of independent India was a Hindu. His name was Nathuram Godse. From there started terrorism.”
Haasan said, “I am not saying this because it is a Muslim-dominated area but because I have a statue of Gandhi in front of me.” He said that he had come to find an answer to that assassination.
Haasan said, “I want an India where everyone is equal. I am a good Indian and I want this.”
Haasan had earlier courted controversy with a statement on Hindu fundamentalism in November 2017.
Haasan eyeing Muslim votes: BJP
The BJP has taken a strong exception to Haasan’s statement. BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted it was condemnable to raise the issue of Gandhi’s assassination and “Hindu terrorism”. Hassan is playing with fire once again after trying to get minority votes before the Tamil Nadu by-election, she said.
Soundararajan wondered why Haasan had nothing to say about the terror attack on Sri Lanka.
Hassan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has made S Mohanraj the candidate for this seat.
Haasan issues manifesto for 2024 election!
Kamal Haasan formed his party on 21 February 2018. He has been constantly targeting the AIADMK, the ruling party of the State, and the BJP government at the Centre since the launch of his party MNM. Recently, he issued his party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections in 2024 five years in advance! This has happened for the first time in the country. The name of the manifesto is “Kovai 2024”.