CHENNAI: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday, January 21, refused to apologise for his comment on social reformer EV Ramasamy "Periyar", which has triggered protests across Tamil Nadu.
Ahead of a protest planned by a pro-Tamil group to lay siege on his house, Rajinikanth came out of his house with copies of publications which reported that Periyar took out a rally against superstition in 1971 in which naked images of Lord Ramachandramoorthy and Sita - with a garland of sandals - were displayed.
Holding copies of the news clippings, Rajinikanth said he did not make up things about Periyar in his speech and will not apologise.
The veteran actor said Cho Ramaswamy, the founder editor of "Thuglak" was one of the few editors, who published and criticized it. The news rattled the DMK government headed by M Karunanidhi at the time, he said, adding that the state administration seized copies of the magazine but Cho Ramaswamy reprinted it and the copies sold "like hot cakes in black".
Rajinikanth, whose political debut has been anticipated for some time and is expected before the Tamil Nadu election next year, rejected demands from the Dravidar Viduthulai Kazhagam (DVK) for his apology.
Two complaints have been filed by the Dravidar Kazhagam founded by Periyar, citing charges of promoting enmity and inciting hate. The DVK has also threatened protests outside theatres showing the actor's latest movie 'Darbar' if he does not apologise.
The activists of Athi Tamizhar Peravai raised slogans and burnt an effigy of the actor, accusing him of spreading 'false' information about a 1971 rally to defame 'Periyar' (with inputs from media reports)
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