Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Tuesday extended support to actor Suriya and slammed the Tamil Nadu government and the Centre over the draft national educational policy.
In a statement on Twitter, Kamal Haasan said he agreed with many points raised by Suriya regarding the draft educational policy.
He condemned the autocratic attitude of central and state governments for criticising the public for airing their opinion on the matter.
“Brother Suriya has my support. He has every right to talk about education as Suriya’s family has done a lot for educational development of the poor,” he added.
Actor Suriya has drawn flak from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his views on the draft educational policy.
On Saturday, speaking at an event organised to felicitate students, the actor said the Draft NEP sought to impose entrance and qualifying examination on students and the three-language formula in Tamil Nadu.
“The focus is not on quality education and equal accessibility,” he said.
State Information minister Kadambur Raju and senior BJP leaders H Raja and Tamilisai Soundararajan slammed the actor over his comments.
Meanwhile, many Twitter users expressed their solidarity with the actor using #StandWithSuriya.