According to Saravanan, ahead of the recent birth centenary celebrations of Thevar, Gopanna spoke bad about him stating that he was against Dalits and instigated Thevars against Dalits. "Gopanna should not forget that Thevar donated more than 30 villages for Dalits," he said.
He added that Gopanna also badmouthed veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan who too was a Congress leader. "These acts of Gopanna, who considers himself an
intellectual, are unacceptable," Saravanan said.
Saravanan and his supporters urged All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi to immediately step in and take stringent action against Gopanna for his irresponsible acts.
He also wondered why Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president EVKS Elangovan did not recommend any action against Gopanna yet. "Thevars in Congress are deeply hurt by Gopanna's words," he said, seeking an unconditional apology from Gopanna.