Updated: March 2, 2020 9:27:49 am
A week after he said the communal violence in Delhi was a failure of the Central government, Tamil actor Rajinikanth on Sunday said that he was willing to play any role in order to maintain peace in the country. The actor made the comments in a tweet after a few leaders from a Muslim outfit met him at his residence.
“I am willing to play any role in order to maintain peace in the country. I too agree with their (Muslim outfit leaders) comment that a country’s prime objective should be love, unity and peace,” he said in the tweet.
Earlier in the day, members of the Muslim outfit ‘Tamil Nadu Jama’athul Uama Sabai’ met the 69-year-old actor at his Poes Garden residence.
Communal violence in northeast Delhi last week over the CAA has left 46 dead and over 200 injured.
Last week, Rajinikanth had lashed out at the Centre over the violence in Delhi, saying the riots should have been dealt with an “iron fist”. In a sharp attack on the BJP-led Centre, he asked those in power to “resign and go” if the violence could not be crushed.
Speaking to reporters outside his Poes Garden residence, Rajinikanth “strongly condemned” the Centre for the law and order situation in the capital. “It was the intelligence failure of the Centre. Especially when there was a visit of US President, they should have been vigilant. They should have stopped this violence with an iron hand. I hope the Centre will be vigilant at least now,” he said.
Referring to BJP’s Kapil Mishra, whose alleged hate speech is being considered as one of the reasons behind the violence, Rajnikanth said the entire party cannot be blamed because of one person. “Just because one person spoke about it, don’t blame the entire party,” he said.
Actor Kamal Haasan lauded Rajinikanth for speaking out on the violence. “Well done my friend Rajinikanth! come this way, this is the right path. This is not a separate way (Taking a dig at his famous movie dialogue en vazhi thani vazhi), an entire race has marched this royal way. Welcome, congrats,” Haasan tweeted.
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