Actor turned politician, Kamal Haasan, after being called out on social media for his controversial comment where he demanded a plebiscite in Kashmir and referred to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as ‘Azad Kashmir’, has been forced to make a U-turn.
Kamal Haasan, president of a year old party, Makkal Needhi Maiam, echoing the sentiments of the terrorist state of Pakistan, had sought a ‘referendum’ in Jammu and Kashmir.
Haasan’s controversial comments took Twitter by a storm as many came forward to question his loyalties towards the country and mocking his ignorance.
— SB (@semubhatt) February 18, 2019
rascal is the correct name for him
now even if pakistan remvoes army from POJK, still the people who are settled in that area arent indians, so plebiscite will not work.
ask him to go to china and comment on their territory which will teach him how to speak at all
— अन्त ही आरंभ है (@Manikaiyer) February 18, 2019
@ikamalhaasan hi sir got an update that u asked why India is not conducting plebiscite in Kashmir wanted to tell to start reading UN resolution then comment plus are you propagating what tukde tukde gang said then go fuck yourself
— chandrashekar (@chandrananjaiah) February 18, 2019
@ikamalhaasan Please read the conditions for plebiscite in J&K and then comment. You are a good actor but equally a fool when it comes to knowledge about History of Partition. READ FACTs and then COMMENT… https://t.co/ln9l02NwMG
— आशुतोष मित्रा (@ashuvaani) February 18, 2019
Following such harsh criticisms, Kamal Haasan was forced to take a U-turn, saying that his comment on demanding ‘plebiscite in Kashmir’ was reported out of context.
His party also issued a clarification saying that the English media had completely twisted their president’s statement. In a press statement released by Makkal Needhi Maiam dated February 18, the party said that the reference which was made in the English news channel reports, were mentioned by their president in the context of a magazine article published about three decades ago about an option present then and that it was no longer relevant today and in no way an indication of his or his Party’s position.
Justifying the frivolous comment by their president, the party furthered that its president and all the members stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the armed forces in this hour of grief.
— Kitty Behal (@kittybehal10) February 18, 2019
Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan recently declaring that his new party would contest all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu in the national election, due by May, made parting shots at DMK president MK Stalin for discovering the concept of “grama sabha” from a new entrant like him into politics, and Rajnikant on his stand about contesting only the “assembly polls” and not “parliamentary polls”.