'Un'Political! Kamal Haasan's MNM moves petition in SC against Citizenship Act; Rajinikanth avoids question on Jamia police brutality at 'Darbar' trailer launch


Several parts of India have been witnessing violent protests ever since the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha last week. The situation further escalated after the bill was cleared in Rajya Sabha.The Bill, which has since become an Act, will provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The issue has caused widespread unprecedented violent protests in the northeast, especially in the states of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya, apart from New Delhi which led to police brutality on Sunday against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

While several B-town celebs have spoken up against the bill, Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has reportedly released a statement saying the party general secretary AG Mourya has filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). "MNM and Kamal Haasan will leave no stone unturned in seeking every possible legal course to put an end to the CAA," the statement read, as quoted as a leading website. Kamal too has voiced his opinion against CAB and said, "It is foolish to convert this nation into a monotheistic country", even when the bill was being tabled in Parliament."

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Meanwhile, his contemporary and friend Rajinikanth dodged the question surrounding the police brutality that took place on Sunday in New Delhi. At the trailer launch of his upcoming film Darbar, Rajini was asked to comment on the issue, to which he said, "This is a cinema function, this is the trailer launch. I don't talk about politics at cinema functions. I'll express my views at a different platform, not here."

Watch the clip of his response here:

On 15 December, the Delhi police forcefully entered Jamia Millia Islamia Universaity in Delhi and violently attacked the students of the university who were protesting against CAB.

(Source: India Today/The Quint)