Chennai: On January 21, Rajinikanth came out of his residence with copies of news publications and said he would not apologise over his controversial remark on social reformer  EV Ramasamy Periyar's rally in 1971. He told media that he did not make up things about Periyar in his speech, and that he would not apologise.

Rajinikanth said, "There is a debate on the statement I made about an incident that occurred in 1971, I didn't make up what I said, but people say I made it all up. Sorry, I won't apologise."

Rajinikanth's comments come after people protested near his residence, over his remarks on EV Ramasamy Periyar's rally that took place in 1971. A group named Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam was heading the protest in Chennai.

Rajinikanth's controversial statement made on January 14:

On the 50th anniversary of Tamil magazine 'Thuglak', an event was held on January 14 in Chennai, where Rajinikanth said, "In 1971, at Salem, Periyar took out a rally in which undressed images of Lord Sri Ramachandramoorthy and Sita—with a garland of sandal—featured and no news outlet published it."

Regarding this, a complaint was filed by Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and  Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi's Thol Thirumavalavan alleging that Rajinikanth spread misinformation about Periyar with the intent to malign his reputation.