Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) political leader and Kamal Haasan has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the move behind constructing the new Parliament building for about Rs 1,000 crore “when half of India is hungry due to coronavirus pandemic triggered loss of livelihoods.”
The MNM leader took to Twitter to place his demand to the Prime Minister. He wrote, “To protect whom is a new Parliament building being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore when half of India is hungry due to the coronavirus pandemic triggered loss of livelihoods.”
“Answer honourable elected Prime Minister,” he added, a few hours before kick starting the first phase of his campaign for the Assembly polls from Madurai in southern Tamil Nadu. Haasan is currently campaigning for the upcoming Assembly elections that are due during April-May 2021 in Tamil Nadu.
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The construction of the new Parliament wing will cost around Rs 1,000 crore, and is expected to be completed by 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new Parliament building on December 10. He also performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the structure.
According to a Times of India report, Kamal Haasan spoke to reporters before leaving for the temple town, and alleged that the authorities had not granted permission for MNM to campaign within urban areas at the last minute, eve though they had got the nod to go ahead in “many places.”
When asked about the focus of his party’s campaign, he said his focus was on transforming Tamil Nadu in the coming years.
“There is no doubt about degeneration in the state… people know that well and there is no point lamenting… MNM will talk about what needs to be done now,” he said, aimed at parties AIADMK and DMK, who have in turn ruled the state since 1967.