Slipper thrown on Kamal Haasan at election rally

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Madurai : A slipper was hurled on Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan at Villapuram here on Wednesday night.

Police said the incident occurred when the actor-turned-politician was addressing an election rally in support of his party candidate for the Tirupparankundram assembly by-election.

A gang, suspected to be BJP men flung the slipper on the actor and shouted slogans against him. The slipper however did not hit Mr Haasan and fell on the crowd causing flutter.

Commotion prevailed in the meeting after the slipper attack.

As the MNM cadre attempted to assault the attackers, Kamal Haasan intervened and said ‘we don’t have to worry about it; they (police) will take care of it.’

Police removed over a dozen people soon after the slipper attack for questioning and restored normalcy.

The MNM chief stoked a major controversy during an election campaign at Karur district on Sunday by stating that the “first extremist of Independent India was a Hindu and his name was Nathuram Godse.”

Mr.Haasan’s Hindu extremism barb triggered widespread condemnation from the Sangh Parivar outfits and various political parties across the country. However, the unrelenting actor continued to maintain his stand stating he had only spoken about what was a historic fact.UNI

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