The Tamil Nadu state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday asked for some scenes from Vijay’s new film Mersal to be removed as they are critical of the Goods and Services Tax and the Digital India initiative. The film was released on Wednesday.
Tamilisai Soundararajan, the BJP leader, accused actor Vijay of spreading false information because he wants to enter politics, The News Minute reported.
“I haven’t seen the movie, but those who saw the movie say there were factual errors in what was said,” she told The News Minute. “The scenes on GST and Digital India have been written in such a way so as to create a wrong impression on the minds of people.”
In one of the scenes that Soundararajan has objected to, a thief tries to steal the wallet of a character, who then shows him that his wallet is empty – thanks to Digital India. In another scene, Vijay’s character compares the GST rates in Singapore and India. While Singapore has 7% GST and people get free medical treatment, Indians do not get it despite paying 28% GST, the character says.