It appears the BJP leadership in Kerala believes that popular filmmaker Kamal is not patriotic enough. After several attempts to teach the director to be patriotic, the state leadership has now asked him to leave the country. BJP state secretary A N Radhakrishnan said Mollywood director Kamal should leave the country if he cannot adhere to national rules. 

"Kamal is closely associated with Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), an ally of Samajwadi Party. He had called Narendra Modi a Cannibal, and this is the sole reason why Pinarayi Vijayan is supporting him," Radhakrishnan said. 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had supported Kamal over his alleged remarks against national anthem at International Film Festival of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, while his words irked BJP leadership. 

Responding to the issue Vijayan alleged that Sangh Parivar was trying to derive political mileage by communalising the issue. "The government will take action against those who organised protests," he said. 

The issue came into focus after police took 12 persons into custody after they refused to stand up during the national anthem. Kamal, who is also the chairman of Chalachitra Academy said police won't be allowed inside theatres to check if people were standing when the national anthem was played. 

BJP and Yuva Morcha burned his effigy in protest against his remarks and also termed him anti-national. They sang national anthem multiple times. 

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Kamal, a staunch critic of BJP and its nationalism policies, has irked BJP leadership on various occasions. His comment that Suresh Gopi became a slave of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the sake of Rajya Sabha seat. The fans of super star vent their anger by placing flex boards against the director and garlanding them with chappals.