TV host under attack over anti-corruption comments

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TV host Kamal Hassan has come under fire over his comments on government corruption. Photo: The Indian Express

After Bigg Boss Tamil host Kamal Haasan denounced the Tamil Nadu state government, saying that “no government department is free from corruption,” the ruling AIADMK party’s leaders retaliated by calling him a “third-rate actor.”

But DMK working president MK Stalin came to his rescue on Monday, pointing out that the actor was not the only party who has alleged that corruption in the Tamil Nadu government is widespread.

“The DMK has been saying that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and other ministers are steeped in corruption. But the government is not ready to file a case against us. But the ministers are threatening Kamal Haasan ,” Stalin said to the Times of India.

“Haasan is only reflecting the sentiments of the people. It is the right of every voter, including Haasan, to criticize the benami and horse-trading government in power,” Stalin said in a tweet.

On Sunday, Law Minister CV Shanmugam gave Kamal quite a tongue-lashing, saying the celebrated actor deserved to be booked for a “slum behavior” remark made by a participant on the Bigg Boss Tamil TV show.

Shanmugam also brought up the actor’s alleged affair with actress Gauthami. “We all know that Kamal Hassan had an affair with an actress, didn’t marry her and chased her away after living with her [for years]. His action is against Tamil and Indian culture. He has no right to speak about us or the people of this country,” the Deccan Chronicle quoted CV Shanmugam as saying.

Shanmugan also reportedly called him a “third-grade actor” who was struggling to get work and engaging in cheap publicity stunts to get attention. 

On Saturday, Minister for Municipal Administration SP Velumani threatened to conduct an audit to determine if the actor had paid taxes on all his film earnings

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