August 29th, 2011
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Actor Vijay in election mode

Chennai: Actor Vijay’s Makkal Iyakkam is all set to contest the ensuing local body elections in the state. His father and film director S. A. Chandra-sekar told Deccan Chronicle that the actor has given the green signal to his fans to contest the polls in consensus with the local AIADMK functionaries.

He said the volunteers of Makkal Iyakkam made a fervent appeal to the actor to contest the civic polls as they felt ‘they wanted some recognition.’ Heeding to their demand, Vijay has given his nod.

‘We have a cordial relationship with AIADMK. So, I have told his fans to discuss with the local AIADMK leaders and stand in civic polls with their consent,’ Mr Chandrasekar said. The actor has been nurturing soaring political aspirations for quite sometime now.

His Makkal Iyakkam, a people’s movement, supported the All-India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam alliance in the assembly elections as he ‘favoured a political change in the state for its overall development.’

Asked whether the decision to jump into the fray in the civic polls was a prelude to turn the Iyakkam into a political outfit, Chandrasekar said, ‘It is a social movement and the decision to let his fans contest the local body elections was also aimed at serving the society in a small way at the grassroots level.’

He said his actor-son went to Delhi to express solidarity with the fasting Lokpal activist Anna Hazare only on behalf of Makkal Iyakkam.


Vijay is participating in the audio launch of his upcoming movie Velayutham to be held at CSI grounds in Madurai on Sunday. He will distribute welfare aid to beneficiaries at the launch ceremony.


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