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Ministers warn of legal action against Kamal

A day after Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani hit out at actor Kamal Haasan for criticising the state government and warned him of a law suit, his cabinet colleagues Kadambur Raju and C Ve Shanmugham joined the chorus on Sunday. The ministers warned the actor to desist from criticising the government without proof.

Ministers warn of legal action against Kamal
Kamal Haasan


Minister for Information and Publicity Kadambur Raju, on Sunday, after overseeing the cleaning works at Buckle canal in Thoothukudi, said that Kamal cannot speak whatever he thinks. 

“If the government is silent, it does not mean that he can speak anything about it. If he still intends to allege corruption charges without proof, he will be booked,” Raju warned. Not stopping with the warning, state Law Minister C Ve Shanmugham even made a reference to the reality show hosted by Kamal in a private news channel and said the actor had revealed his caste Hindu mindset by allowing denigrating references to the marginalised sections in the show. 

Claiming that the whole TV show was scripted by the actor, Shanmugham told media persons that the actor should be tried for making derogatory comments about the marginalised sections. 

Spokespersons of the ruling AIADMK have already been going hammer and tongs against Kamal ever since the actor made assertive and stinging remarks about the state’s system or rather administration while speaking about a protest by Hindu outfit regarding the content of the show. 

Earlier, Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan, Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan too threatened the actor. 

No change in decision to keep Sasi, TTV out of party, confirms Jayakumar 

Finance and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar reasserted that the party has not altered its stance on keeping off VK Sasikala and her family members from running the party affairs. Speaking to reporters, the Minister observed that they were firm in their decision, and were following in the footsteps of MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa in charting the course of the party and the government. 

“We (Ministers) took a unanimous decision to keep Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran off the party affairs in a meeting during April. We are standing by the same decision, and it remains unchanged,” he said. As for merger with the rival faction, the Minister maintained that efforts are still on. Some have gone astray from the party and we are trying to bring them back. The government under Edappadi K Palaniswami is making progress in a disciplined manner, he added.  On the party’s support for Vice-Presidential candidate, the Minister said that the party’s high-command would take a call in this regard.

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