Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s father and noted director S A Chandrashekar announced on March 27, 2011 (Sunday) that he would campaign for AIADMK in the upcoming election along with the Ilayathalapathy Makkal Iyakkam, a movement launched as a spring board for the actor’s political career.
S A Chandrashekar, an ardent supporter of the DMK since Arignar Anna’s times, met AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha at Trichy Sangam Hotel on Sunday (March 27), where she is currently campaigning for and informed her about the decision. The meeting lasted for about twenty minutes.
Later Chandrashekar while speaking to the media persons said, “The Makkal Iyakkam favoured a political change in the state for its overall development and for the well-being of all sections of the society. The Iyakkam is of the firm view that political change in the state is the need of the hour, taking into consideration the happenings in various fronts of late.
Though the members in our Iyakkam may belong to different parties like DMK and AIADMK, this time our Iyakkam will extend its total support for ushering in such a political change, to enable the AIADMK to capture power and form the next Government under Ms. Jayalalithaa.
Enormity of violence, price hike, rampant corruption prevailing in the administration were the three reasons that forced the Iyakkam to seek a change of government in the state. We will highlight all these issues during the campaign”
Responding to a query, “whether Vijay will also campaign for the AIADMK front?”, Chandrashekar said, “I cannot decide on that and it’s for Vijay to decide. However I may campaign for the ADMK-led alliance. The decision to support AIADMK in the elections was not a prelude to the Iyakkam turning into a political movement. We are not a political outfit. We are not against anybody. We only want a political change in the state now in the interest of the whole society”
“I have donated a lot for people’s welfare when Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha were chief ministers. I am a Tamil. I know Karunanidhi through films, but not DMK.”
Mr. Chandrashekar said he will soon commence his campaign.
Vijay is occupying the news bulletins in regular intervals through his controversial move to the politics. Vijay had made his political intentions clear when he staged a protest at Nagapattinam recently against the killing of Indian fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy.
Click here for Vijay at Nagapattinam Meeting StillsLater S A Chandrashekar met AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence in Chennai on December 11.
There was also speculation that Vijay’s Makkal Iyakkam would join AIADMK-led alliance and would be contesting in the ensuing assembly elections. AIADMK chief Jayalalitha had then ruled out such a possibility.