Chennai: Breaking her silence over the controversy surrounding the ban on Tamil film 'Vishwaroopam', chief minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday said her government was willing to facilitate resolution of the crisis if Muslim outfits and actor Kamal Haasan could hammer out an agreement.
Coming under all-round attack over the two-week ban imposed in the wake of protests by Muslim outfits, Jayalalithaa defended the government's decision, saying it was based on intelligence inputs about likely violence and to maintain law and order. Watch: No personal interest in banning 'Vishwaroopam', says Jaya |Haasan may not approach SC
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Making it clear that she had no "personal grudge" against Haasan or "personal interest" in banning the movie, she said there was no question of curbing freedom of speech.
"Even at this stage, if Muslim organisations and Kamal Haasan are willing to sit and arrive at an amicable agreement, the Tamil Nadu government is willing to facilitate that," she said after holding talks with top officials.
Squarely blaming the actor for the developments, Jayalalithaa said, "If Kamal Haasan had shown Muslim leaders the movie in the beginning, all this could have been avoided."
The chief minister said over the last few days, there has been lot of "hysteria" whipped up in the media over 'Vishwaroopam' and "reckless" and "wild charges" had been levelled.
She said the threat to law and order was "very real" and many Muslim outfits had announced a series of agitations. The primary objective of the government was to maintain peace and tranquility. "We relied on Intelligence inputs," she said.
"As chief minister of Tamil Nadu, my first and foremost priority is maintenance of law and order and to ensure public peace in which people can carry on with their daily lives and work," Jayalalithaa said, citing inadequate police manpower to provide security at all 524 theatres where the movie was to be screened.
Here are the highlights:
- As the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu , my first priority is maintenance of law and order and ensure public peace: Jayalalithaa.
- Ban on 'Vishwaroopam' imposed based on intelligence inputs about likely violence: Jayalalithaa.
- It was practically impossible for the state to provide security to 524 theatres, says Jayalalithaa.
- Most people don't understand what is involved in maintaining law and order, says Jayalalithaa.
- There has been a lot of hysteria about the movie in the media over the last few days: Jayalalithaa.
- Reckless, wild charges have been made.
- Various Muslim organisations had submitted memorandum to the govt and met the Home Secretary and demanded a ban on 'Vishwaroopam', says Jayalalithaa.
- They had also announced various demonstrations and there was apprehension that these protests could turn violent: Jayalalithaa.
- When Intelligence reports were received on possibility of violence, it would have been difficult to provide security to 524 theatres: Jayalalithaa.
- Actual strength of Tamil Nadu police is 91,000. If you deduct personnel required for special unit, we have 87,000 police personnel for a population of over 7 crore: Jayalalithaa.
- If intelligence tell us that there is likely to be trouble, govt would take preventive action: Jayalalithaa.
- The strength required for one theatre for three shifts is 60. So the manpower required for 524 is 31440: Jayalalithaa.
- No personal grudge against Kamal Haasan; no personal interest in banning movie: Jayalalithaa.