Kamal explains on terrorist remark, chappals hurled at his vehicle

As his ‘Hindu extremist’ remark in Aravakurichi created a political storm, Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan has said he only spoke about a historical fact.

The actor-politician asked his detractors to make “valid allegations”, asking if he could cater to only one section of people after entering active politics.

“They got angry for what I spoke at Aravakurichi. What I spoke (there) is historic truth. I did not lure anyone to a brawl,” he said during a by-poll campaign at Tirupurankundram near Madurai.

Meanwhile, chappals were hurled towards a vehicle from which Kamal Haasan was addressing an election meeting in the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency on Wednesday evening.

One person has been detained, the police said, adding that the chappals missed the target and fell on the crowd.

Makkal Needhi Maiam has said Kamal’s “first terrorist in independent India was a Hindu” remark, which has stirred a controversy, has “been taken absolutely out of context with a malafide intent”.

In a statement issued by the party, R Mahendran, Vice President, MNM, said that Kamal Haasan, while campaigning in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi assembly constituency on Sunday, was “calling for religious tolerance and co-existence amongst all religious groups and condemned extremism in whichever form and religions.”