- A claim made by Tamil superstar Rajinikanth over Periyar created a ruckus in Tamil Nadu politics.
- An FIR lodged against Rajinikanth, but Rajinikanth refused to apologize.
- Rajinikanth said that what he said about Periyar absolutely true and the report based so he will not apologize.
Tamil actor Rajinikanth has refused to apologize for comments against ‘Periyar’ EV Ramasamy. However, who considered the father of the Dravidian movement.
“I did not make up what I said, there even published stories in media on it, I can show them. I will not apologize,” Rajinikanth said on Tuesday.
Superstar Rajinikanth has refused to apologize for comments against ‘Periyar’ EV Ramasamy
He showed clippings from magazines and newspapers, saying the idols of Lord Ram and Sita were taken out without dress and the deities also featured a garland of sandals in a rally led by late Periyar E V Ramasamy in 1971.
“A controversy has emerged that I said something that did not happen. But I did not say anything that did not occur. I only said what I heard and things that appeared in magazines,” he said.
“I did not say anything out of imagination or something that was not there. Lakshmanan (then Jan Sangh and now BJP leader) who took part in a dharna (in 1971) has corroborated it,” he said.
Rajnikant accused him of being a “pungent critic on Hindu gods”
At an event in Chennai earlier this month, Rajinikanth had criticized Periyar, accusing him of being a “pungent critic on Hindu gods”.
“In 1971, at Salem, Periyar took out a rally in which the undressed images of Lord Sriramachandramoorthy and Sita – with a garland of sandal – featured,” he had said.
“Periyar was a pungent critic of Hindu gods. But no one had criticized Periyar then,” the actor had said at the 50th-anniversary celebration of Thuglak, a Tamil language weekly news magazine started by policial commentator Cho Ramaswamy.
A Dravidian outfit, Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, had accused the actor of “uttering a blatant lie”. Also, demanded his unconditional apology and also filed police complaints seeking action against him.