Kamal Haasan, Chief of Makkal Needhi Maiam, on Sunday urged the Tamil Nadu government to take stringent actions in order to prevent attacks on women. He said that such incidents only cause outrage among the people of the state.
The actor-turned-politician referred to the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in the district recently, saying that protection to women was found to be reducing. He mentioned that the rising anger among the people of Tamil Nadu is due to such continuous incidents of ‘sexual assaults’.
He further added that it is the government's job to take strict action against such incidents and prevent such attacks, therefore, allowing the police department to work and function freely. When questioned on a pre-poll survey by one of the reporters, Hasan quipped saying that when each and every political party starts owning a television channel, the survey shall then favour them.
His party has always found a place in every survey that has been genuine, claimed Haasan.
Furthermore, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief reiterated that if the candidates of his party were not carrying out their tasks and providing satisfactory results then his party would ask them to step down immediately.
Kamal Haasan had announced that he would not contest in either of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls or the Tamil Nadu bypolls which will be held along with the General elections. He has put his weight behind the candidates of his party, suggesting he will provide them complete support in both the elections.
"A lot of forms were received where people expressed their wish for me to contest but according to me these are all my people. I take pride in lifting this palanquin rather than being on one. I have a lot of work to do. I will work for the success of my candidates," the MNM chief said.
The actor-turned-politician was campaigning in Sulur and Somanur for his party candidates who are to contest from Coimbatore and Pollachi constituencies.
The upcoming Lok Sabha polls will commence on April 11, will be held in seven phases, and conclude on May 19 with the counting of votes taking place on May 23. Tamil Nadu as a state holds the third largest number of seats (39) in the lower house of the parliament. The election in the state will take place in a single phase, which will be held on April 18.
(With PTI inputs)