The Coimbatore Press Club has on Wednesday condemned Makkal Needhi Maiam(MNM) chief Kamal Haasan for allegedly attacking Sun TV reporter Mohan at the Government College of Technology, Coimbatore on the day of polling.
A picture of Kamal Haasan supposedly trying to hit a reporter of a TV channel with his walking stick has gone viral, but the picture did not feature the reporter. According to Coimbatore Press Club, the reporter was videographing Haasan arriving at a polling station in Coimbatore south constituency on Tuesday from where he had contested.
The club has alleged that the actor turned politician had obstructed the reporter demanding him not to shoot the video and attempted to attack the reporter with his walking stick. “Though the reporter was luckily not injured, it would have been worse if the edge of the stick hit his neck by chance”, read the Facebook post from the press club which was addressed to Kamal Haasan.
“This act of yours besides knowing that he is a reporter has created a shock among the journalists in Coimbatore. This is seemingly a reflection of authoritarianism. You will have to face the legal consequences for this act”, the post added. The club has demanded an open apology from Hassan for his act failing which would take legal action against him. He has been using the walking stick after he had surgery on his leg.
In the Tamil Nadu Assembly election that was held on April 6, Kamal Haasan contested from the Coimbatore South constituency for the first time. He has been a tough fight for his rival candidates Mayura Jayakumar of Congress and Vanathi Srinivasan of BJP. Congress candidate Mayura Jayakumar took to Twitter and said, “I came to know that a Sun TV reporter was reportedly attacked by Kamal Haasan and I condemn the incident.
Kamal Haasan has to apologise for the incident”. National President of BJP’s women’s wing and Coimbatore South candidate Vanathi Srinivasan has also tweeted on this issue. “I came to know that Kamal Haasan has attacked reporter Mohan at the GCT college in Coimbatore this morning. This is worrisome”, said the tweet.