Neither Thalapathy Vijay nor AR Murugadoss, but THIS late anti-freebie crusader is the real hero of Sarkar - find out

Nearly a year after the demise of 44-year-old anti-freebie crusader-advocate S. Subramaniam Balaji, Tamil movie "Sarkar" has stirred a controversy over the freebie schemes of the state government. Protesters outside theatres in Coimbatore, Chennai and Madurai have been damaging the film's banners and demanding the removal of certain scenes from A.R. Murugadoss directed political thriller that hit the screens this week.

The ruling AIADMK is angry at the Vijay starrer for criticizing their schemes. Many AIADMK ministers and party cadres expressed their displeasure over certain scenes by damaging banners of the film and cut-outs of the actor. It is, however, neither Vijay nor Murugadoss, but the late Balaji, who deserves credit for this anti-freebie crusade. The political activist-lawyer died on November 2017, a couple of months after meeting with a road accident and suffering head injuries.

Balaji had fought against the freebie schemes of the both the key Tamil Nadu parties -- DMK and the AIADMK's governments -- going up to the Supreme Court. The apex court in 2013, while not banning freebie schemes, had ordered the Election Commission to frame guidelines for political parties to announce freebies in their election manifestoes. Balaji had strongly felt a golden opportunity was lost to reign in political parties from creating private assets out of public money to be in power.

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