Mersal row: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi, says do not ‘demon-etize’ Tamil pride

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New Delhi (PTI): In a direct attack aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on October 21 asked him not to “demon-etize” Tamil pride by interfering in what is shown in theatres. Reacting to the Mersal row, Gandhi said cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. His comments come a day after the Tamil Nadu BJP unit objected to Tamil superstar Vijay’s Diwali release, Mersal, for “criticizing” the Centre’s flagship schemes, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Digital India.
“Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etize Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal,” Gandhi tweeted.
“Incorrect references have been made in ‘Mersal’ about GST (Goods and Service Tax)… celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people,” BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan was quoted as saying by news agency.

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