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EC restrains Kamal Haasan from campaigning, he says it is a political move

Haasan has been under fire ever since he said that free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu.

india Updated: May 17, 2019 19:58 IST
M Manikandan
M Manikandan
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan also reacted to PM Narendra Modi’s contention that no Hindu could ever be a terrorist.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan also reacted to PM Narendra Modi’s contention that no Hindu could ever be a terrorist.(PTI PHOTO)
         

A day after stones and eggs were hurled at the stage on which Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan was campaigning at Aravakkurichi in Tamil Nadu’s Karur district for his ‘Hindu terrorist’ remarks, the Election Commission on Friday restrained him from campaigning in the Sulur assembly constituency of Coimbatore district which will be going for by-polls on May 19.

Haasan has been under fire ever since he said that free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu.

“As a few have hurled stones in my Aravakkurichi election meeting on Thursday, the EC has banned our campaign in Sulur, which was scheduled for Friday, the last day for campaigning. EC says that the situation is not favourable for campaigning. If it is so tense, why is the EC conducting by-polls at all? It should cancel them. This is a political move to stop me,” the MNM president told reporters at the Chennai airport.

The veteran actor also claimed that he did not say anything wrong.

“I just stated the historical truth,” Kamal Haasan told the media.

The actor turned politician also reacted to PM Narendra Modi’s contention that no Hindu could ever be a terrorist.

“I don’t want to respond to PM Modi. History and the future will answer him,” Haasan said.

First Published: May 17, 2019 19:58 IST