Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today slammed the BJP for demanding removal of dialogues critical of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Tamil movie ‘Mersal’.
In a tweet this afternoon, Rahul chided Prime Minister Narendra Modi over ‘interference’ and asked him not to ‘demon-etise Tamil pride’ by such intervention.
"Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal," he tweeted.
The Congress leader’s attack came after Tamil actor Vijay's Diwali release ‘Mersal’ came under attack from the BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu, one of whom 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 the GST and Digital India. Vijay, who had met Narendra Modi during electioneering ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had even lauded demonetisation decision last year.
Yesterday, BJP's national secretary H Raja had in a tweet questioned 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.
Raja even said ‘Mersal’ shows Vijay's ignorance in economic matters as the GST is not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent.
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.
Earlier today, former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also attacked the BJP over its demand for removal of dialogues critical of GST in the movie. "Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies," he said in a tweet.