CM slams BJP's opposition to 'Mersal'

Posted October 24, 2017

In one scene actor, Vijay's character in the film laments at the government's inability to provide free healthcare for all in India despite "high" GST rates in India, saying Singapore is able to fund a free health scheme despite a much lower GST rate. BJP's demand has stoked a major political controversy, with national leaders asking the ruling party at the Centre to respect freedom of speech and expression.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi earlier on Saturday joined the debate on Tamil movie "Mersal".

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Several senior BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu also accused the filmmakers of lack of knowledge of economics and spreading "incorrect" information on the GST and poisoning the minds of people. Mersal was certified. Don't re-censor it.

There were two scenes in Mersal that the BJP objected to. "Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks". "Counter criticism with logical response". However, it all started when Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan demanded the removal of dialogues which he quoted as "untruths" about the GST.

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"I don't think there is a need to remove portions in Mersal that addresses the GST and other issues". He was referring to 1952 Tamil movie "Parasakthi" (The Goddess), whose screenplay and dialogues were written by M Karunanidhi (yes, the former CM), and which was released during the festive Diwali season, getting big acclaim despite portrayal of Brahmins and Hindu customs in poor light.

"Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies, ' Chidambaram further tweeted".

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Soundrajan, who has been opposing the references to the GST, in a tweet said, "MERSAL ridicules Dedicated Doctors disheartened/ambulance drivers shown corrupt/doctors should take 5rupees while the actor gets crores??"