Actor Vijay on Thursday rejected reports of his foray into politics. This came soon after his father, director SA Chandrasekhar registered one of the actor’s fan clubs Vijay Makkal Iyakkam as a political party called All India Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam with the Election Commission of India.

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The actor released the statement after the rumours that suggested that he is making his political entry with the party which is registered in the name ‘All India Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’ started doing rounds on social media. According to the reports, Vijay’s father SA Chandrasekhar is the general secretary of the party, while his mother Shoba Chandrasekhar is the treasurer.

However, Vijay has now put an end to the rumours, by confirming that he is not directly or indirectly involved with the party. The actor added that strict legal action will be taken against the party and its members if his name or pictures, or the name of ‘Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’ is used by them. In his statement, Vijay has also confirmed that his charitable works are not connected with his father’s political party.

He further said the fans club for Vijay that was started in 1993 were converted into welfare associations and that has been registered as ‘All India Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’. “Many youngsters are doing several good things in Vijay’s name. I want them to have some recognition. Hence the move,” he told.

Vijay’s run in with the BJP in Tamil Nadu was also the subject of controversy in 2017 when the actor’s Mersal released. The film contained dialogues critical of the GST law. Insinuating a communal angle, BJP leader H Raja had tweeted out Vijay’s election ID with his full name, Joseph Vijay, to imply that his criticism of the national ruling party’s policies stemmed from his identity as a Christian. He also alleged that it was because of the actor’s religion that a scene from his film had him encouraging the building of hospitals in place of temples. H Raja’s contention was that since Vijay is Christian, his character in the film should have told people to build hospitals in the place of churches and not temples. Vijay’s religion is of no secret in Tamil Nadu, and the BJP leader’s act of tweeting the actor’s voter ID was widely condemned.
The decision to register a political party comes at a time when Rajinikanth is said to be bowing out owing to his health. A letter claiming to have been written by the superstar was in circulation on social media, stating that Rajinikanth was pulling out of politics due to health concerns. Although Rajinikanth denied that the letter was from him, he said the contents of it were true. Rajini Makkal Mandram, which was formed from the actor’s fan associations, was meant to be the base for his political party. However, Rajini appears to have called it quits even before he could take the plunge.