Rajnikanth is under fire now from pro-Kannada outfits and political party leaders for making remarks against Kannadigas during his speech during the fast observed by Kollywood on friday.
Even after Tamilnadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi’s decision to put the Hogenakkal issue on the backburner, until an elected government assumes office in Karnataka the fire over the remarks made by Rajnikanth has not gone out.
The Akhila Karnataka Gadi Horata Samithi (AKGHS) has said that it won’t allow superstar Rajinikant to ’step into the state’ or his films to be screened until he offers a public apology for remarks on Karnataka and Kannadigas!
Rajnkanth on his part has denied offending the sentiments of people of Karnataka. “It is a malicious propaganda unleashed against me by some people. I am not an unwise person to pass remarks that offend the sentiments of the people of Karnataka,” he said in a recorded statement released to some regional television channels in Bangalore.
He clarified that while addressing the fast held by Tamil Film industry in Chennai on Friday, he only decried those who have been creating trouble, asking such people to be “kicked” (Odaikanum) and was not referring to all.
“I have not done any wrong. But I am not averse to tendering apology, if I had committed any wrong”, he said, adding “if stalwarts like Parvathamma Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Girish Karnad demanded my apology, I will certainly tender”.