In a press conference conducted at Chennai airport Friday, Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan expressing disappointment over the ‘quality of polity going down’, said he does not feel threatened, news agency ANI reported.
Haasan’s press meet comes a day after eggs, stones and slippers were hurled by two unidentified men at the dais where the actor-turned-politician was holding a public meeting in Aravkurichi in Karur district on Thursday. The MNM chief escaped unhurt. Read in Tamil
“I feel the quality of polity is going down. I don’t feel threatened,” he said. “Let me tell you terrorists abound all religions…every religion has its own terrorists and we cannot claim that we are sanctimonious and we have not done that. History shows you that all religions have their extremists,” Haasan was quoted as saying by PTI.
Haasan was in Aravkurichi for the final leg of his poll campaign, after which he attended a public meeting at Velayuthampalayam in Karur. Police, however, claimed that permission was denied to undertake campaign for Sulur bypoll on Friday. Amid yesterday’s incident, the MNM chief took to Twitter to urge party cadres to maintain decorum and “not be drawn into the violence.”
The actor-politician, who had filed an anticipatory bail after an FIR was registered in Aravakurichi in Karur district for his remarks, said he had made similar comments in Chennai during the Lok Sabha election campaign but it was being taken note of now by those people “whose confidence is dipping”.
Reacting to the protests over his Godse remark, he added: “I am not afraid of being arrested. Let them arrest me. If they do that it will only create more problems. It is not a warning but only an advice.” Haasan has been heavily criticised over the past few days, for stirring up protests over his comment that “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu” referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.
(With ANI, PTI inputs)