Actors Kamal Haasan, Arvind Swami and GV Prakash joined scores of people across Tamil Nadu in expressing concern and displeasure over certain developments in the State Assembly on a day the Tamil Nadu government led bv Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy was looking to prove its majority on the floor of the House.
The day began on an unsavoury note with the media being prevented from covering the proceedings of the Assembly live. Next, an appeal for the votes to be cast in secret by a section of the members of the Legislative Assembly was turned down by the Speaker of the Assembly. Finally, unruly scenes were witnessed as a result of which the House had to be adjourned twice, once until 1 pm and then until 3 pm. All of these led to widespread disappointment among the masses and even celebrities.
Reacting to the day’s developments, actor Arvind Swami tweeted, “It’s a pity that there is a media blackout of the assembly sessions and only selective footage is released. People have a right to see proceedings.” He also sought the opinion of the public on the session being disrupted. “If true democracy can be protected in an undemocratic manner, are we to feel happy or sad? Is the million $ question. Opinions pl ,” he said.
Kamal Haasan voiced an even stronger opinion on Twitter. The UIaganayagan, who put out a series of tweets, in one of them, said, ” Honourable Justice Markandey Katju has a wonderful solution for the political situation in India, but India’s reputation for Ahinsa will change.”
He then went on to post the link of a youtube video on his twitter account in which Justice Markandey Katju is seen talking to an interviewer. Justice Katju, in the clip, is seen saying, “…therefore all these politicians are a set of rogues and rascals who have looted the country, who will divide the people on caste and religious lines for their vote banks and they deserve to be shot!”
Actor and music director G V Prakash too voiced his displeasure at the developments on Twitter. He tweeted, #secretballot is the right solution in this situation … let’s see what happens at 3 … #wewantsecretballot #TamilNaduAssembly.” He also said, ” We want live footage … not edited footage … #wewantlivefootage #showusTNassemblyLIVE”