CM defends freebies, lashes out at actors
‘They earn crores, but how much have they spent on people?’
Defending government freebies, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami launched a scathing attack on actors “earning ₹50 crore to ₹100 crore per film, but doing nothing for the people”.
Addressing mediapersons at Coimbatore airport, he said the controversy surrounding Vijay-starrer
[over scenes critical of freebies] had died down, and there was no need to stir it up again. Freebies had been distributed to 1.84 crore people. Only in Tamil Nadu, [former CM Jayalalithaa] had provided household items normally associated with the rich to the poor and downtrodden, he said, adding, “Even [the director of Murugadoss’s relative has received freebies.”
The CM accused actors harbouring political ambitions of misleading the people for their own benefit.
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“For one film, they command a salary of ₹50 crore or ₹100 crore. How much have they spent on the people?” he asked. Taking a dig at actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, the CM said that after retiring from cinema, Mr. Haasan was aspiring for a career in politics to start acting in this field. But acting won’t work in politics.
On the political crisis in Sri Lanka, he said, wanted [former President] Mahinda Rajapaksa to be declared a war criminal for the
genocide of Tamils. Now, President Sirisena has murdered democracy. As Tamils in that country are living in fear, the Centre should give them proper protection.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Haasan urged the people to shun those who offered cash in return for votes. Addressing the public at a road show in Harur, he said votes were bought in return for “five years of slavery”, and the people [who indulged in such bribery] had no right to complain.
Touching base: MNM leader Kamal Haasan addressing the public at Harur in Dharmapuri on Saturday.