Controversy surrounding Mersal has taken a political turn. After Tamil Nadu BJP’s demand of removal of scenes pertaining to GST and demonetisation failed, H Raja, spokesperson and national secretary of the party has tweeted actor Vijay’s voter ID card and saying ‘truth is bitter.’
Truth is bitter pic.twitter.com/woFdxOntRn
— H Raja (@HRajaBJP) October 22, 2017
Referring Vijay as Joseph Vijay and targeting him for being Christian is a new low for BJP. H Raja, in an interview to The Indian Express, also claimed that “may be producer Hema Rukmani also a Christian.”
“Everyone has the right to criticise the BJP government on any medium. But the criticism should be based on facts,” he was quoted as saying.
Raja’s criticism came after Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP Tamil Nadu chief, slammed Vijay for his dialogues on GST in Mersal. She said, “Vijay is intentionally maligning the reputation and good work of our Prime Minister. He wants to enter politics and so he is trying to get the attention of people by criticising GST and Digital India.”
The makers released an official statement yesterday saying that the film has not been made to hurt anybody or government and they also said that they are ready to remove the controversial scenes from the film. “We have met BJP leaders and explained our opinion and they also accepted our explanation,” read the statement.
In response to H Raja’s tweet, Vijay’s father SA Chandrashekar termed the attack as “childish”.
In the middle of this, support for Vijay grew.
Whats wrong in this?
Hindu,Christian,Muslim everyone is a #Tamizhan except you Mr.Sharma ji
— Robo Sankar (@ImRoboSankar) October 22, 2017
சரிங்க மிஸ்டர். ஹரிஹரன்.இராஜா சர்மா. நீங்க டிடெக்டிவ் ஆபிஸர் தான் ஒத்துக்கிறோம்…?
— RajasekarChem® (@RajasekarASho7) October 22, 2017
ஒருவர் அனுமதி இல்லாம அவங்க தகவல்களை திருட தேர்தல் ஆணையம் துணை போகுதா அப்படி என்றால் அவர்களையும் அதற்கு காரணமான ராஜாவையும் கைது செய்யணும் ?
— PD (@ipravindevaraj) October 22, 2017
Ithu net laye kedaikum bro…election commission website la… ivaru influence panni xerox lan eduthu 😀
— Om Shanthi (@mydaymywin) October 22, 2017
Commenting on H Raja’s tweet, CS Amudhan, director, tweeted:
Amudhan is a Thamizh name as is my daughter’s Arumpaavai & my wife Agalya both proud Thamizhs & staunch Catholics. I’m an atheist. https://t.co/WaXGd4l8Se
— C.S.Amudhan (@csamudhan) October 22, 2017