Day af­ter woo­ing him, TNCC chief slams Ka­mal

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A day af­ter invit­ing Makkal Needhi Ma­iam founder Ka­mal Haasan to join the DMK Congress al­liance, TNCC pres­i­dent K.S. Ala­giri on Sun­day slammed the ac­tor for crit­i­cis­ing the DMK. In a state­ment, Mr. Ala­giri said he had in­vited Mr. Haasan to join the sec­u­lar al­liance only be­cause the ac­tor had taken a stand against the Sanatan forces and as he was a sup­porter of sec­u­lar­ism.

A day af­ter invit­ing ac­tor and Makkal Needhi Ma­iam founder Ka­mal Haasan to join the DMK-Congress al­liance, Tamil Nadu Congress Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent K.S. Ala­giri on Sun­day slammed the ac­tor for crit­i­cis­ing the DMK.

In a state­ment, Mr. Ala­giri said he had in­vited Mr. Haasan to join the sec­u­lar al­liance only be­cause the ac­tor had taken a stand against the ‘Sanatan’ forces and was a sup­porter of sec­u­lar­ism. “I in­vited him with the good in­ten­tion that the anti-BJP votes should not get split. When I made the com­ments [invit­ing him], I was not aware that he had used harsh lan­guage to crit­i­cise the DMK,” Mr. Ala­giri said.

A few days ago, Mr. Haasan said his party would con­test the up­com­ing Lok Sabha polls alone as he did not want to ally with cor­rupt par­ties.

“The very rea­son why we came into pol­i­tics was to dis­place both of them [DMK and AIADMK],” he had said, adding that there was no ques­tion of join­ing hands with ei­ther of these par­ties.

“Such crit­i­cism at this time will only help the BJP in the elec­tions. I con­demn his un­nec­es­sary and un­wanted state­ments crit­i­cis­ing the DMK,” the TNCC pres­i­dent said, adding that it will be the sec­u­lar al­liance led by the DMK and the Congress that will de­cide which par­ties can join the front.

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