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Stop talking, enter politics, Jayakumar tells Kamal

Taking a fresh round of potshots at actor Kamal Haasan, Finance Minister D Jayakumar dared the actor to take the political plunge. While blaming the actor for not having lifted a finger when the state was reeling under severe crisis on several occasions including natural disasters, the Minister observed that the actor had been misleading the public with his pretence of entering politics.

Stop talking, enter politics, Jayakumar tells Kamal
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Kamal Haasan and state Finance Minister D Jayakumar

Chennai

“Kamal, instead of acting, has chosen to take the route of rhetoric and the people of the state will realise it. He should enter politics at the latest by January 2018. He will know,” Jayakumar said.

Rebuking the actor’s claim of being in politics since the anti-Hindi agitation, the Minister wondered as to whether Kamal was aware of the corruption being the reason behind the DMK government’s dismissal in 1976.

“Kamal chose to remain silent when 2G scandal rocked the nation. There was no outburst or concern from the actor. Such was his convenience,” the Minister rued.

As for Kamal’s concern for the state, Jayakumar pointed to the actor’s conspicuous silence on prominent issues plaguing the state including the Cauvery dispute, Mullai Periyar issue and at the times when the rights of the state were being ceded away during the DMK regimes.

The Minister reeled out a list of disasters ranging from Tsunami to the December deluge in 2015 to know the social contributions that came through the actor or his fan club.

“Politics is a bed of thorns. It should not be underestimated. Let him see the kind of difficulties in it by entering it. He should not pretend that he is entering politics,” said the Minister.

The actor and the state cabinet were seen sparring regularly since Kamal’s remark on the entire government being corrupt.

The actor was seeing friends in the Opposition including the DMK working president MK Stalin and even the left parties and a set of actors were rallying behind him.

The Ministers even threatened to book the actor on various charges including harassment, while the actor took on the state by appealing to his fans to provide a digital feedback on corruption besides warning the ruling dispensation not to prod him to take the political plunge.

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