With Tamil Nadu rural elections, actor Vijay makes a silent entry into politics

The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu might have swept the agricultural elections held in 9 reorganised districts, however a more in-depth have a look at the outcomes reveals that actor Vijay – thought-about second solely to megastar Rajinikanth in recognition charts – has taken a silent plunge into politics, by means of his fan membership.

In line with the outcomes, Vijay’s fan membership gained 115 of the 169 seats it contested, recording a 68% strike charge.

This was the primary time Vijay had given consent to office-bearers of his fan membership – All India Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam – to contest the elections.

Bussy Anand, basic secretary of All India Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam, mentioned of the 115 seats they gained, victory in 13 seats, together with 4 every in Kallakurichi and Kancheepuram, was unopposed.

“Of the 115 winners, at the very least 45 are ladies. In any other case, the candidates who contested beneath the banner of actor Vijay have been from a cross part of our society,” mentioned Anand, a former Congress MLA from Puducherry. He mentioned those that gained included farmers, college students, merchants, lab technicians and even college lecturers.

The variety of seats Vijay followers contested or gained within the village panchayat wards might seem insignificant as in comparison with the whole 27,003 native physique positions within the state however the style of victory on debut might result in an even bigger position for the actor in state politics.

Anand, who is taken into account a messenger between Vijay and his followers holding organisational positions, mentioned contesting the elections was not a deliberate transfer in any respect.

“Immediately, forward of the polls, there have been requests from many districts, searching for permission to contest,” he mentioned. “All of them have been individuals who had been main actions in their very own localities on behalf of our motion.”

“Once we mentioned it with Thalapathy [as Vijay is fondly called by his fans], he agreed,” mentioned Anand. For candidate choice, Anand mentioned, Vijay conveyed solely two preferences – “educated youth” and “equal illustration to ladies”.

Whereas campaigning was performed utilizing the group’s flag and Vijay’s image, Anand was amongst those that travelled throughout the districts to satisfy as many candidates as attainable.

Though the Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam prolonged help to the AIADMK within the 2011 meeting polls, following which it steered away from electoral politics, this was the primary time the followers’ group with greater than 10 lakh members within the state fielded candidates in an election.

In line with Anand, after the announcement of the outcomes, Vijay spoke to a number of the winners on Wednesday.

“He mentioned we should always work in the direction of a path that meets the expectations of individuals, who elected us,” mentioned Anand, referring to his cellphone name with Vijay after the victory.

Change of coronary heart

Vijay’s political entry raises many eyebrows because it was the identical motive that led to a public tussle between him and his father S A Chandrasekhar after the latter tried to kind Vijay Makkal Iyakkam (VMI), one other outfit in his son’s title although with out his permission. Vijay needed to make a public assertion to disown hyperlinks with VMI and in addition filed a case towards his father and mom Shoba Sekar, urging them to chorus from utilizing his title or photograph for any form of political assembly or actions.

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