Interacting with the media outside Chennai airport, a day after fringe groups attacked Makkal Needhi Maiam's public meeting in Aravakurichi, MNM Chief Kamal Haasan, on Friday, has said that he was not afraid of getting arrested when asked about the various complaints filed against him by BJP and other fringe groups.
"I am not scared of getting arrested. I have a job to do and I cannot let this hamper the campaign, hence I have taken anticipatory bail," he said.
When asked if he felt threatened by reports of fringe group leaders demanding his(Haasan) toungue be chopped off, he said such reports did not deter him and they showed more of the threatening people's character.
"I am not even threatened. These kinds of threats speak more of their character nothing else. Quality of polity is going down. I will not indulge in this mudslinging. While full security was provided to me, anyone can attack me anywhere. Even right now a person from this audience can also attack me," he added.
Talking about how his statement was meant to spread harmony, he maintained that his message was only a repetition.
"This statement has been made for many years now. They(opposition) have just started noticing this as per their own agenda. The same statement had been made by me in Marina beach, 15 days ago- on the last day of the campaign. Once they have got a little controversy, they are debating on anything now. As people belonging to all religions were present there, it was not a controversy. My allegation is that they are making up an issue as per their requirement. I do not need to answer to Modi, history, and historians will," he said.
Reacting to the cancellation of his campaign in Sulur in Coimbatore, he said that politics was in play.
"Today is the last campaign day in Sulur which was very important for us. To hamper our campaign, politics is in play to stop by denying me permission to the campaign. If police are scared of a law and order breach, they should probably postpone the polls in Sulur," he added.
He also added that extremists exist in all religions and no religion was above this in response to the question whether he felt he had hurt Hindu sentiments.
"Terrorists are in all religions. In history, you can list terrorists in all religions. I was talking in that sense that no religion can claim that we are sanctimonious and do not have any terrorists. I will reach out to all communities (Hindu, Muslim, Christianity). One must see who is a Hindu and what is RSS separately. But religious heads have some grievances I think. We (MNM) have not instigated any of their responses. We seek harmony. Madurai Court has directed me to not speak of this issue anymore," said the MNM Chief.
Earlier on Thursday, at a public meeting of Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan in Aravakurichi, two unidentified persons allegedly hurled eggs and stones at the dais, police said. This is the second time the actor-turned-politician has been targeted following his 'free India's first terrorist was a Hindu' comment in reference to Nathuram Godse.
No one was injured in the incident at Aravakurichi which happened when Haasan was getting off the stage after completing his address for campaigning for the local candidate. He was escorted to safety, police said.
An FIR was registered by Aravakurichi police on Tuesday under Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code against the MNM chief, dealing with 'outraging religious feelings' and 'promoting enmity between different groups' respectively.
The entire controversy started when Haasan on Sunday said that free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, in reference to Mahatma Gandhi's assailant Nathuram Godse. Making open references to various religions, Kamal Haasan put forth that he was among the 'proud Indians' who desire a nation that espouses equality and where the 'three colours' of the Tricolour remain intact.
"I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area," Haasan prefaced his remarks, adding, "but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it began."