Displaying his clever wordplay skills, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to “demon-etise” Tamil pride by interfering in actor Vijay’s film “Mersal”, which has come under attack from BJP over references to the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
“Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi taunting Modi for the demonetisation drive in November 2016.
Vijay has been panned for his dialogues in the film that takes a dig at GST and digital India. The actor, who had met PM Modi during electioneering ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had even lauded demonetisation last year.
Earlier, BJP’s National Secretary H Raja on Twitter raked up Vijay’s Christian origins.
Referring to the actor’s dialogue in the movie, Raja tweeted that in the last 20 years, 17,500 churches, 9,700 mosques and 370 temples were built. Out of these what should be avoided to build hospitals, Raja posted.
Raja even said “Mersal” shows Vijay’s ignorance in economic matters as the GST is not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent.
Besides him, Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded removal of the dialogues relating to GST, digital payments and temples from the movie as they spread a wrong message.
She also wondered whether Vijay had asked his fans to distribute milk to poor children instead of pouring it on his cutouts erected outside the theatres.