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21 Jul 2018, Edition - 1103, Saturday


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Tamilnadu News

After Rajinikanth stole the thunder, Kamal Haasan hits out against ‘cash for votes’ in RK Nagar assembly bypoll

Covai Post Network

Kamal Haasan who seemed to have pipped Rajinikanth in announcing intent of entering politics by making an announcement of intention to launch an App, now feels he was left behind in the race. Stung by the sudden New Year Eve announcement of Rajinikanth’s grand entry into politics with corruption as one of his main planks, Kamal Haasan on Thursday launched a stinging attack against the AIADMK and Dhinakaran for using tons of money to purchase votes in RK Nagar byelections.

As usual, the superstar hid behind and fired from an article in a newspaper where he need not be present to answer questions. He displays the by now common trait of leaders to stick to one way communication to send their messages without having to answer critics, lest their dialogue delivery gets derailed.

So, in an article in Anand Vikatan, Kamal Haasan charged the ruling AIADMK as also rebel leader Dhinakaran for purchasing votes in RK Nagar byelections.

“It’s a great embarrassment for Tamil Nadu politics and democracy. This is a victory which is purchased,” Kamal Haasan said. Kamal Haasan’s diatribe against the AIADMK factions drew immediate reaction from those whom he accused of ‘purchasing votes’.

Said fisheries minister D Jayakumar, “it is not proper on part of Kamal Haasan to blame AIADMK. We have not distributed any money. But why is Kamal Haasan being selective. Why does he not dare to speak against the DMK.”

Dhinakaran was even more stinging in his response.

Condemning Kamal Haasan’s dialogues, Dhinakaran said it was very sad that the film star was insulting all the voters of RK Nagar. “Kamal Haasan is used to mouthing scripted dialogues but he should not use such dialogues in real life,” Dhinakaran who has become the star winner from the RK Nagar constituency advised.