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Jan 31, 2013 06:54 PM IST | Source: PTI



Jayalalithaa said 31,440 police personnel would have been Jayalalithaa said 31,440 police personnel would have been required for security at all 524 theatres in three shifts, whereas only 9,226 officers were available after making provisions for maintenance of law and order and other requirements. "How is it practically possible for the state government to provide protection to 524 theatres and maintain law and order when we do not have adequate manpower," she asked, explaining government's reason for the ban, which has come in the line of fire from personalities in different walks of life, and actor Kamal Haasan even dubbing it as "cultural terrorism". "It is only in that spirit we approached.....," she said. Jayalalithaa also dismissed allegations that her "personal motive" was behind the ban in the wake of charges that the action was taken because the actor had refused to give TV rights to Jaya TV. "Jaya TV is a channel which supports AIADMK. Jaya TV does not belong to me. I am not in any way associated with its administration. I have nothing to do with Jaya TV. I do not hold shares (in it)", she said. Dismissing the charges as "wild" and "reckless", she said government would have to take legal action against those who levelled them against a responsible constitutional authority. Jayalalithaa's remarks come in the wake of her arch rival DMK chief M Karunanidhi citing reports suggesting that a TV channel close to AIADMK wanted to buy the film but the producers had refused saying they had spent over Rs 100 crore. She also ridiculed the charge that she bore grudge against Haasan for his remark at a function clamouring for a "dhoti- clad Tamilian" to become Prime Minister, an apparent reference to P Chidambaram. "Why should I take offence to such statements? Kamal Haasan has freedom to air his views. If he wanted a dhoti-clad person to become Prime Minister, that is his own view. Kamal Haasan does not select the Prime Minister....." Jayalalithaa said there were law and order problems in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, where the film has been released and it has been banned in various countries, including Malaysia, UAE and Singapore. "I know nothing about Vishwaroopam," she said, adding she was not interested in movies any more. PTI VIJ MS APR RA APR MAV MNS

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