Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi for laying the foundation stone of the new parliament building in the time of national crisis. The Tamil superstar turned politician asked PM Modi a justification behind a “1,000-crore new Parliament” building at a time when “half of India is hungry”.

“Why a 1,000-crore new Parliament when half of India is hungry, losing livelihood due to coronavirus. When thousands died as the Great Wall of China was being built, the rulers said it was to protect people. To protect whom are you building the Rs1,000-crore Parliament? Please answer my honourable elected PM,” Haasan tweeted.

On December 10, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the new parliament building in Delhi. The government has approved a Rs 20,000-crore budget for the renovation of the Central Vista of the national capital.

The Supreme Court is hearing many petitions challenging the renovation project. On the ground breaking ceremony of the new parliament building, the apex court accused the government of “pushing forward aggressively” with the project.

The elections in Tamil Nadu are due in May 2021 and Haasan will most likely contest this time. Issues like corruption, village development, jobs, and drinking water are among the most highlighted by the MNM, which was launched in the same state two years ago.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, MNM had claimed nearly four percent votes.

Modi’s BJP, on the other hand, is aiming to expand its stronghold in the state with the support of ruling AIADMK.