Kamal Haasan backs OPS; calls present situation bad climax
"We are not sheep, we don't want to be shepherded," Haasan said
Actor Kamal Haasan has joined the thousand vioces objecting to VK Sasikala's move to be the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and said O Panneerselvam should be allowed to continue.
"Why not let Panneerselvam go on for some time? He has done his job fairly well," Haasan said, adding that if the people do not like him, they have the "mandate to throw him out of power".
Calling the present situation a "bad climax", he said "Sasikala reality hurts me".
"We are not sheep, we don't want to be shepherded," Haasan said in a strong criticism of the AIADMK and the state's existing political tradition, which makes a virtue of obsequiousness.
The people, he said are not "demanding enough" and have been "tolerant" for too long, NDTV reported.
For supporters, Jayalalithaa had been Amma, and Sasikala Chinnamma (mother's little sister).
But Haasan said: "Let's not talk in terms of personal relations... For a naive young India it's OK to call Gandhiji Bapuji, and Nehru Chachaji -- but we've grown up".
Haasan said he was not impressed simply because Sasikala has superior numbers. "If they don't know the business of running the nation, they have no right to be there," Haasan said.