New Delhi, Oct 21: Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over ‘Mersal’ censorship, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday advised him not to “demon-etise” Tamil pride by interfering in what is shown in theatres.
Gandhi said in a tweet ” Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal”
Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 21, 2017
Earlier in the day, former Union Minister and Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had that there could be laws for making documentaries which praise the government’s policies.
“Incorrect references have been made in ‘Mersal’ about GST (Goods and Service Tax)… celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people,” BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
He also demanded removal of the dialogues relating to GST, digital payments and temples from the movie.
On Friday, BJP National Secretary H. Raja in a tweet criticised the actor’s Christian origins.
“Joseph Vijay’s hatred for Modi is ‘Mersal’.”
Raja said “Mersal” shows Vijay’s ignorance in economic matters as the GST was not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent.
Tamil actor Vijay has come under attack from Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Tamil Nadu, one of whom has also sought to give a communal twist by raking up the actor’s religion. The actor has been panned for his dialogues in the movie that takes a jibe at Goods and Services Tax and digital India.