A scene from a Tamil movie that takes a jibe at Goods and Services Tax (GST) and healthcare in India has gone viral after BJP leaders demanded its removal.
“The scene that could be deleted or muted has spread like wildfire on social media. And with subtitles!” according to the The Quint website.
In the scene, the character Tamil actor Vijay plays in the film can be seen questioning why medicines have a GST of 12% while alcohol, which kills many, doesn’t. The actor also compares India to Singapore which has 7% GST and offers “free medical care”. The scene makes an obvious reference to the Gorakhpur tragedy in which several children died due to the lack of oxygen cylinders.
Raging on about the condition of healthcare in India, Vijay’s character goes on to list similar incidents – wherein a baby died due to rat bite and four people undergoing dialysis passed away because of a powercut. The actor also declares that it’s the fear of such government hospitals which becomes the investment of private ones.
BJP’s National Secretary H. Raja in a tweet raked up the actor’s Christian origins.
“Joseph Vijay’s hatred for Modi is ‘Mersal’.”
Referring to the actor’s dialogue in the movie, Raja tweeted that in the last 20 years, 17,500 churches, 9,700 mosques and 370 temples were built. Out of these what should be avoided to build hospitals, Raja posted.
According to Raja, education and healthcare is free in government schools and hospitals. “It is a lie to say healthcare is free in Singapore.”
Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded removal of the dialogues relating to GST, digital payments and temples from the movie as they spread a wrong message.
She also wondered whether Vijay had asked his fans to distribute milk to poor children instead of pouring it on his cutouts erected outside the theatres.
Actor Kamal Haasan also came out in support of the film, pointing out that there was no need for “re-censorship”.