Thursday, November 06, 2008

Fans send 30,000 telegrams

Chennai Nov. 4: When actor Vijay asked his fans to send one crore telegrams to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging his intervention for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka during the November 1 hunger strike by actors here, his fans took him seriously. An unprecedented telegram traffic of 30,000 to Delhi on the Lankan issue was reported from Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur and Tiruttani in the last two days. That is a much better response to what similar appeals by chief minister M. Karunanidhi and AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa had evoked.

Karunanidhi's appeal to his cadres to send telegrams for the same cause saw a mere 1,200 telegrams being sent from these centres in two days. When the AIADMK supremo asked her party workers to send telegrams urging Mr Karunanidhi to quit over his `somersault' on Lankan issue, the figures were slightly better at 5,000 telegrams sent in two days according to reliable sources in the telegraph department.

"Since Sun News telecast the fast of actors live, many fans across the state had a chance to listen to Vijay Sir who urged them to send one crore telegrams to the Prime Minister for pressuring Sri Lanka for a ceasefire. That may be the reason for the spurt in telegram traffic," reasoned Mr Thennilavan, one of the public relations officers of the actor. The state's post and telegraph department is not complaining though as the increased telegraphic traffic has generated additional revenue in a sector that was finding few takers with the advent of mobiles and email. "The everyday telegram traffic has increased two times in the last month," admitted Mr Mahendra Kumar, GM, BSNL Circle office here.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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