Chennai, December 13
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Sunday demanded that PM Narendra Modi spell out the rationale behind constructing a new Parliament building for Rs 1,000 crore “when half of India is hungry due to the Covid-19 pandemic triggered loss of livelihoods”.
Questions rationale behind move
Whom to protect the new Parliament building is being constructed at a cost of Rs1,000 crore when half of India is hungry due to the pandemic-triggered loss of livelihoods. – Kamal Haasan, MNM Chief
Seeking to liken the proposed construction of the new edifice to the Great Wall of China, he claimed that “thousands of people perished” during its construction, but the dragon nation rulers said the wall was to “guard” the people.
“To protect whom is a new Parliament building being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore when half of India is hungry due to the pandemic,” he asked in a tweet.
“Answer honourable elected Prime Minister,” he said hours before kick-starting the first phase of his campaign for the Assembly polls from Madurai.
Speaking to mediapersons, Haasan alleged that the authorities had at the last minute not granted permission for MNM to campaign within urban areas, though they had got the nod to go ahead in “many places”.
Asked about the focus of his party’s campaign, he said would be ushering in a complete transformation in Tamil Nadu. “There is no doubt about degeneration in the state….People know that well and there is no point lamenting…MNM will talk about what needs to be done now,” he said, apparently targeting the two Dravidian parties, AIADMK and DMK. — PTI