Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Friday refused to comment on the ongoing Sabarimala controversy. He said, “It won’t be proper to seek an opinion from him on the matter.”
Kamal Haasan, who is founder-president of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), said that he would prefer to stay in the centre and talk about things benefiting women. He further added that he has never been to Sabarimala though he had visited other temples.
Talking to reporters, the veteran actor said, “It won’t be proper to seek an opinion from me on this matter. I will stay in the centre and say about things good for women. I don’t understand the (Ayyappa) devotees’ stand. So it is better not to interfere in that.”
When asked about the Supreme Court verdict not being respected by Kerala in Sabarimala case or by Karnataka in the Cauvery water dispute with Tamil Nadu, Kamal Haasan said, “one can’t say Kerala is not respecting the judgement. It is a different thing if people don’t respect the judgement of Supreme Court,” he added.
Earlier, in the day, Rajinikanth asserted that there should be no interference in temple traditions being followed for a long time.
Kerala has been witnessing massive protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple since the government decided to implement the Supreme Court order.
On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the then chief justice Dipak Misra, lifted the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.