Kerala's new Electricity Minister MM Mani attacked South Indian superstar Mohanlal for vocalising support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move.
At a public function, at Elappara in Idukki held in his honour for putting on the cabinet mantle Mani said, "Mohanlal has heaps of black money stashed away. That's why he is supporting Modi," he added.
Mohanlal has attracted criticism from non-BJP parties in Kerala for his latest blog post in which he backed demonetisation and asked why people who happily stand in line before liquor outlets find it difficult to queue up before banks for a noble cause.
Earlier in his blog, Mohanlal said "I realise that the ban of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 is for a good virtuous country and so I give a big salute for it". Terming the decision as Modi's 'surgical strike' against corruption and black money, Mohanlal, who is now at Suratgarh,
about 300 km from Jaipur for a film shoot, said the Prime Minister's address to the nation on the day of demonetisation showed the signs of a person who had studied India very carefully.
The actor said he was not one who worships personalities, but policies and that he saw this decision as one with conviction and honesty and that was why he welcomed it. Referring to difficulties faced by people, the actor said, "I understand that above all the immediate inconveniences, it is for a good cause".
The actor said his views should not be seen as that of an economic expert, but the opinion of a common man without any prejudice.
On long queues in front of banks and ATMs across the country, he said, "People stand in queue in front of cinema theatres, liquor outlets and also in places of worship without any complaint, so there is nothing wrong in standing in queues for a good is my opinion."