ARAVAKURICHI: Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan said that free India's first ‘terrorist was a Hindu’.
He was referring to Nathuram Godse, who killed Mahatma Gandhi.
"I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it terrorism apparently starts," he said.
Addressing an election campaign here Haasan said, he had come here seeking answers for that murder, referring to Gandhi's assassination in 1948.
The actor turned politician said he was one of those ‘proud Indians’, who desires an India with equality and where the ‘three colours’ in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, ‘remained intact’.
"Good Indians desire for equality and want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact. I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that," he said.
Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies, where bypolls are scheduled on May 19.
MNM has fielded S Mohanraj from this segment.
Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
Counting of the votes will be done on May 23.
With inputs from PTI