BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has moved the Delhi high court condemning Kamal Haasan's 'Hindu terrorist' remark. While the Election Commission has lodged an FIR against the actor-politician, Upadhyay wants to ensure Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) shuts shop
New Delhi: As the country gets set for the last phase of Lok Sabha election on May 19 and the result on May 23, BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay wants these three wishes to be fulfilled — Election Commission (EC) must lodge an FIR against actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, he must be banned from poll campaigning and his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) must be deregistered.
Following the controversial statement made by Kamal recently about India's “first terrorist being a Hindu”, referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi, Upadhyay was livid, and said, "Kamal Haasan is no follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he is a pseudo secular."
"This is not just a controversial remark but one of the worst remarks. And it is not acceptable," added Upadhyay.
On May 13, Upadhyay knocked the doors of EC demanding it to lodge an FIR against the MNM chief. When he realised EC was just sitting on his complaint, Upadhyay moved the Delhi high court. The hearing was on May 15 and the EC informed the court an FIR had indeed been lodged.
"The first goal has been met, but I'm waiting for the other two," the BJP leader said. The high court has ordered the EC to decide on the other two prayers. "I will wait for two days. If no action is taken by the commission, I will move the Supreme Court," added Upadhyay.
Kamal is a habitual offender, said Upadhyay adding that the actor's party MNM must be deregistered so that such stringent action will ensure no one makes such a statement in future.
"India needs experienced and honest lawmakers. If people are going to be engaged in divisions on the lines of caste and language, the very concept of 'one nation' is defeated," said Upadhyay.
All that Kamal wants is power and nothing else, and he can't be bargaining for power with statements such as these, said Upadhyay, almost setting the timer on. Has the countdown begun for MNM?
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Last Updated May 15, 2019, 7:31 PM IST