Kannada groups demand apology from Rajini

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 05, 2008 18:29 hrs

Bangalore: Enraged over superstar Rajinikanth's comments favouring the Hogenakkal project, pro-Kannada outfits on Saturday burnt his effigy, demanding an unconditional apology from the actor and threatened to boycott his films.

"The actor should render an unconditional apology to the people of Karnataka," Karnataka Border Protection Committee (KBPC) leader Vatal Nagaraj said.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists torched Rajinikanth's effigy at the Mysore Bank Circle for reportedly hitting out at various organisations which spearheaded the anti-Hogenakkal stir.

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Rajnikanth, while asserting that the issue was being raised in Karnataka in view of assembly elections, had called for nipping the protests in the bud. He was participating in a fast staged by the Tamil film industry demanding implementation of the project in Chennai on Friday. The Karnataka film industry had a staged a dharna opposing the project.

KRV men blocked the way on Tumkur road on Saturday day protesting against Rajnikanth's remarks.

KRV chief T A Narayanagowda and KBPC leader Vatal Nagaraj said they would not allow screening of his films in the state. They also threatened that they would not allow Rajnikanth to enter the state.

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