In the wee hours of Saturday morning, Tamil superstar Vijay reached Chennai’s Marina beach, where lakhs of Tamil youngsters gathered to express their opposition against the ban for the traditional sport Jallikattu.
Vijay was also invited for SIAA’s (South Indian Actors’ Association) silent protest urging Union Government to pass an ordinance to withdraw the ban against Jallikattu. However, Vijay politely informed the organisers that he will not be attending the event.
“Vijay didn’t attend Nadigar Sangam’s (Actors Association) silent protest because his fans, who are also part of the Marina protest insisted him that protesters only want actors to join them at Marina,” said a source close to the actor.
The point made by the youngsters was that if actors organise an independent protest, media’s attention will be divided, which will only deviate the main focus of their protest.
Respecting the sentiment of youngsters, Vijay didn’t attend Nadigar Sangam’s protest but he told his assistants that he wanted to experience the historic campaign spearheaded by lakhs of youngsters.
Our sources say that Vijay came to Marina around 2 am in the morning and covered his face with a handkerchief and he was at the venue till 6 am. By later in the morning, pictures of the actor sitting among the protestors were out on the internet.
Earlier Vijay posted a video supporting young protestors and insisted that the whole of Tamil Nadu will be happy if the government expunges PETA, which was instrumental in engineering the ban against Jallikattu. Vijay’s incessant support for youngsters has earned him a huge respect on social networking sites.