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Tamil Actor Vijay Cycles To Vote. He Wasn't Making A Point, Says His Team

Tamil Actor Vijay Cycles To Vote. He Wasn't Making A Point, Says His Team

Tamil Nadu assembly elections: Actor Vijay cycled to the polling booth to cast his vote

Highlights

  • Vijay's cycle ride caused a traffic jam as a crowd started chasing him
  • Vijay tried to pedal faster but could not lose his chaotic entourage
  • His publicist clarified that he took a cycle to avoid parking problems
New Delhi:

Actor Vijay today rode a cycle in Chennai to cast his vote in the Tamil Nadu election. The ride caused a near traffic jam and even mild police action as a crowd started chasing the actor on the streets.

In visuals that went viral online, Vijay was seen riding his cycle on a narrow road in Chennai, virtually surrounded by people following him on two-wheelers, taking photos. The movie star tried to pedal faster but could not lose his chaotic entourage.

At the polling booth, as a crowd went into a frenzy, the police were forced to use lathis to chase people away.

Soon after the episode, there was speculation on whether Vijay wanted to deliver a message on fuel prices with his bicycle ride.

But his publicist clarified that the star did so to avoid parking problems in the narrow street where the polling booth was located.

"Thalapathy Vijay decided to go by cycle instead of using the car because the poll booth was right next to his residence and taking the car might have congested the road even more. There was no other intention behind it!" - tweeted Riaz K Ahmed tweeted.

The clarification came after many DMK leaders suggested Vijay was sending a message to Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK, which has a tie-up with the BJP, on rising fuel prices.

Khushbu Sundar, who is contesting the election as a BJP candidate after quitting the Congress, said: "Actor Vijay pedaling to vote is not a message on fuel price hike. DMK should stop riding on someone else's bike."