Police protection to Kamal's house, MNM chief cancels campaign

With his remarks on 'Hindu terrorist' sparking a nationwide row, Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan has cancelled his election campaign for the May 19 by-polls. Meanwhile, police protection has been provided to his house and office at Alwarpet in Chennai, fearing protests by Hindu outfits.

Kamal has said independent India's first extremist was a Hindu-Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi, with the BJP asserting that an "assassin" is very different from a terrorist. The BJP also charged the actor-politician with indulging in "divisive politics" and following the Congress and Communists in showing Hindus "in a bad light to appease minorities".