'Mersal' row: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi, says don't try to 'demon-etize' Tamil pride

Updated On : 21 Oct , 2017 , 05:38 PM
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New Delhi:

Stepping the gas on his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Central government’s policies, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched another volley aimed at the Modi government’s demands to remove dialogues from Tamil film Mersal which allegedly disapproves Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Digital India, the pet projects of PM Modi.

Rahul 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.” 

The recently released Tamil film ‘Mersal,’ starring popular actor Vijay, has references to GST which a section of BJP found objectionable and have demanded their removal, claiming that the film shows ‘untruths’ about GST.

"I have not seen the film. But, people who saw the film were offended by the incorrect statements on GST and digital payments, which are policy decisions taken by the Union government, after lot of study. Celebrities should not be making incorrect statements passingly and just like that," state BJP president Tamilisai Soundarrajan said.

To this, Congress reacted by saying that the BJP is trying to curb the freedom of creative expression. 

Senior Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram also made known his displeasure on Twitter.

"BJP demands deletion of dialogues in 'Mersal'. Imagine the consequences if 'Parasakthi' was released today," he tweeted. 

"Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies," Chidamabaram jibed in another tweet.  

First Published : Saturday, October 21, 2017 04:02 PM

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