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Kamal Haasan is unhappy over removal of Sivaji Ganesan’s statue from Marina Beach

Kamal Haasan is unhappy at the decision of government of Tamil Nadu to remove the statue of Tamil legend Sivaji Ganesan from Marina Beach. He believes Sivaji is above the government.

regional movies Updated: Aug 04, 2017 14:28 IST
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Kamal Haasan has requested fans to build another statue of Tamil legend Sivaji Ganesan.
Kamal Haasan has requested fans to build another statue of Tamil legend Sivaji Ganesan.(UNI)

Kamal Haasan has done it again -- taken on the AIADMK government. On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu government removed the statue of legendary Tamil actor Sivaji Ganesan from Marina Beach and reinstalled it at the Adyar Mani Mandapam.

Haasan was quite unhappy with the decision. He took to Twitter to vent his feelings: “Sivaji left a strong impression in the hearts of aspiring Tamil actors and fans. Let’s make another statue and protect it forever, my dad Sivaji is above the Government.”

According to a report in Times of India, the Madras high court had instructed the state government to remove the structure from the beach as it was a ‘hindrance to transportation’. It was only after the court directive that the government took the step.

The actor has been attacking the government on a number of issues, the latest being the condition of eggs in the state.

The actor on Tuesday had claimed his fans had ‘exposed’ the supply of ‘rotten eggs’ to daycare centres in Perambalur district in Tamil Nadu.

Haasan’s claim came days after state finance minister D Jayakumar’s poser to the actor, who had levelled allegations of corruption against the Tamil Nadu government, on what welfare measure he had taken for the people of the state through his fan clubs.

“Perambalur expose of rotten eggs given to children deserves praise. Pls consult our in house lawyers be4 exposing crime. Dont break laws,” the national award-winning actor had tweeted.

The actor’s fans had in July reportedly made visits to some ‘anganwadi’ centres and found ‘rotten’ eggs being supplied there.

Meanwhile, the district administration said an inquiry would be conducted into the matter.

District collector V Santha said that strict quality control rules were in place for supply of eggs along with a replacement mechanism where it warranted.

Ever since Kamal Haasan had made allegations of corruption in the government, he has been targeted by the ruling dispensation, with chief minister K Palaniswami himself asking the national award winning actor to take the political plunge to get proper response.

Jayakumar, a senior leader in the AIADMK (Amma) camp, had on July 30 sought to know what welfare activities the actor had taken for the people of the state during the 2004 tsunami tragedy and the devastating floods of 2015.

The actor had last month asked his fans to use social media to lodge complaints about corruption.

Local administration minister SP Velumani had sought proof of Haasan’s allegations and had asked if the actor was ready to furnish tax details of his films.

The opposition parties, including DMK, have backed Haasan and urged the government to respond to his charges of corruption rather than ‘targeting’ him.

(With PTI inputs)

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