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Kamal Haasan criticised the Narendra Modi government’s anti-graft policy and its implementation, in a column, titled ‘A Big Apology’.

 

Almost a year after the Narendra Modi government implemented the ban on old currency notes of higher denominations, veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has now apologised for supporting demonetisation. Clearly stating that the actor’s support in favor of the government’s policy came in a hurry, Haasan, in a column published on Wednesday, wrote, “I owe it to the people to apologise for supporting the plan in a hurry.”

Haasan further criticized the saffron government’s anti-graft policy and its implementation in a column, titled ‘A Big Apology’, published in a Tamil magazine, named Vikatan.

“Many of my comrades and some people who understand economics called me and criticised me for my views. Later I consoled myself saying that while the plan was good, there may have been some problems with implementation,” wrote Haasan.

Citing the rise in the circulation of black money across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the demonetisation policy on November 8, last year. Following the implementation of the anti-graft policy, old currency notes were banned, and the lack of enough useable cash in banks and ATMs triggered a chaotic situation in most parts of the country. And amid heated outrage among opposition leaders, many celebrities, including Haasan backed the government’s policy to scrap currency notes. Over a post in Twitter, Haasan lauded the Prime Minister, saying, “Salute Mr Modi. This move has to be celebrated across political party lines. Most importantly by earnest tax payers.”

However, almost a year after demonetisation, Haasan now abruptly changed his tone, and wrote that a good leader must always accept the mistakes he had committed.

“If the PM accepts his mistake without being adamant, then one more salaam is waiting for him from me. The sign of a good leader is when they can rectify their mistakes and more importantly when they can accept they made a mistake. Gandhi was able to do it, today also it is possible,” Haasan mentioned in his apology column.

Days back, Haasan reportedly gave a major hint towards his entry into the political space of Tamil Nadu. Speaking in an interview with The Quint, the veteran actor discussed his plans to launch his own party, stating that it is “not out of choice but compulsion”. Justifying his stand to not join any existing political party in Tamil Nadu, Haasan said, “Yes I am thinking on those lines, not out of choice but compulsion. A political party is about an ideology. And I don’t think my goals in politics can match the ideology of any political party.”

Recently, Haasan had been on the headlines in connection with the states politics, sparking speculation with his meeting with the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and for attending the anniversary event of DMK’s newspaper.

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