Veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has apologised for supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement last November. The 62-year-old actor, who has announced his intention to float a new political party, wrote, “If the PM accepts his mistake, my salaam (salute) awaits him.”
He made the comments while writing a column for a Tamil magazine. He said that “accepting mistakes and rectifying them is a sign of statesmanship.”
Modi had shocked the nation by hastily announcing that he was making Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes illegal. He had addressed the nation on 8 November evening declaring the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes illegal from 12 midnight the same night.
Taking to Twitter, Haasan had tweeted, “Salute Mr. Modi. This move has to be celebrated across political party lines. Most importantly by earnest tax payers.”
Haasan has since made several statements criticising the right-wing politics. Few months ago, he had made it clear that his new political outfit will fight corruption while also making it clear that ‘Saffron is not my colour.’
He had met Kerala chief minister, Pinnarayi Vijayan and Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal. After his meeting Kejriwal, Haasan had said that while he admired Kejriwal’s political start-up, his own new political party will not have any affiliation with AAP.