October 20, 2017
Tamil actor Vijay's Diwali release "Mersal" has come
under attack from BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu, one of whom has also sought to give
a communal twist by raking up the actor's religion.
The actor has been panned for his dialogues in the film that takes a dig at GST and digital India. Vijay, who had met Narendra Modi during electioneering ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had even lauded demonetisation last year.
However, on Friday, BJP's National Secretary H. Raja in a tweet raked up the actor's Christian origins.
"Joseph Vijay's hatred for Modi is 'Mersal'."
Referring to the actor's dialogue in the movie, Raja tweeted that in the last 20 years, 17,500 churches, 9,700 mosques and 370 temples were built. Out of these what should be avoided to build hospitals, Raja posted.
According to Raja, education and healthcare is free in government schools and hospitals. "It is a lie to say healthcare is free in Singapore."
Raja even said "Mersal" shows Vijay's ignorance in economic matters as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent.
On her part, Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded removal of the dialogues relating to GST, digital payments and temples from the movie as they spread a wrong message.
She also wondered whether Vijay had asked his fans to distribute milk to poor children instead of pouring it on his cutouts erected outside the theatres.