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‘It’s a statement: Netizens react as ‘Thalapati’ Vijay arrives at polling station on a bicycle

While many who came across the video on social media speculated that the move was a snub at the rising prices of diesel and petrol, others suggested that the moves were to urge people to go green.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 7, 2021 11:39:00 am
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Tamil superstar Vijay, nicknamed ‘Thalapati’, came to his designated polling booth on a bicycle to cast his vote as Tamil Nadu went to polls on Tuesday, prompting speculations and reactions online.

A video of the actor, riding the bicycle as his entourage followed him, has gone viral on social media.

The actor was seen in a green T-shirt paired with blue trousers and a facemask, when he turned up at the polling station in Neelankarai, Chennai.

Watch the video here:

While many said the move may have been the actor’s way of registering his protest against the rising prices of petrol and diesel, others said it was a message to people to travel emission-free.

Some others called it a publicity stunt. Responding to the speculation, Vijay’s team released a statement saying that the actor decided to cycle to the polling booth since it was close to his house and as the road was narrow.

“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!”, the statement said.

Take a look at some of the reactions here:

Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Ajith were among the other celebrities who showed up early on Tuesday to cast their votes amid much fanfare and media glare.

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