Actor Vijay’s fans plan to contest urban local body polls

The development comes a day after the state election commission on Wednesday announced that polls to the urban local bodies across Tamil Nadu will be held in a single phase on February 19.
Vijay, who enjoys a tremendous following in the state, has been hinting at his entry into politics for a decade now. (HT Archives)
Vijay, who enjoys a tremendous following in the state, has been hinting at his entry into politics for a decade now. (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 12:50 AM IST
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Buoyed by their debut performance of winning over a hundred seats in rural body polls last year, Tamil actor Vijay’s fans will once again use the name Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam to contest the upcoming urban local body elections.

These moves are being seen as the actor testing the waters before taking the political plunge himself.The development comes a day after the state election commission on Wednesday announced that polls to the urban local bodies across Tamil Nadu will be held in a single phase on February 19. Counting of votes will be on February 22.

Previously, actor Vijay had allowed his fans to use his picture during poll campaigning when they were contesting as independent candidates. “This time also he has permitted us to contest in the name of Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam, use his picture and use the same association flag.We will contest as independent candidates again,” said Bussy Anand, general secretary of the outfit.

Vijay, who enjoys a tremendous following in the state, has been hinting at his entry into politics for a decade now.

In 2021, his fans entered the fray under the Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam in the rural body polls held last October. They won 115 out of the 169 seats from where they contested—a 68% strike rate. Though the number is not big but in their debut election they managed to outdo actor Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and Seeman’s Naam Thamizhar Katchi (which emerged as the third largest party in the assembly elections) as they both drew a blank. The ruling DMK swept the rural body polls held in nine newly carved districts.

The upcoming urban body polls will again see a fight between the two Dravidian majors-the DMK and AIADMK.

Earlier this week, Vijay also received a relief from the Madras high court which expunged scathing remarks made against him by another single judge in the Rolls Royce case where he had sought exemption from paying entry tax. The actor paid the entry tax but had filed another petition seeking adverse comments against him to be expunged, which was granted this Tuesday.

BLURB Vijay, who enjoys a tremendous following in the state, has been hinting at his entry into politics for a decade now.

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    Divya Chandrababu is an award-winning political and human rights journalist based in Chennai, India. Divya is presently Assistant Editor of the Hindustan Times where she covers Tamil Nadu & Puducherry. She started her career as a broadcast journalist at NDTV-Hindu where she anchored and wrote prime time news bulletins. Later, she covered politics, development, mental health, child and disability rights for The Times of India. Divya has been a journalism fellow for several programs including the Asia Journalism Fellowship at Singapore and the KAS Media Asia- The Caravan for narrative journalism. Divya has a master's in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick, UK. As an independent journalist Divya has written for Indian and foreign publications on domestic and international affairs.

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