Vijayakanth, whose DMDK is a constituent of the Jayalalithaa's AIADMK-led alliance, allegedly beat up his Dharmapuri candidate in full public glare while canvassing votes from an open vehicle.
The victim was in charge of the public address system at the poll rally. Vijayakanth allegedly hit him when the microphone failed.
The entire episode was captured in a video that was later aired on his Captain TV channel.
A defiant Vijayakanth later said at an election rally that there was nothing wrong in what he did and that whoever he beat up would become a Maharaja later.
Interestingly, the party candidate contradicted his leader and refuted reports of him being assaulted. He claimed that Vijayakanth had just shouted at his staff after some problem developed in the cordless mike. He further slammed the ruling DMK and its ally, PMK for fabricating the story to defame the DMDK ahead of the assembly elections in the state on April 13.
The DMK, meanwhile, slammed Vijayakanth for the incident and said, "The incident reflects the poor leadership of the party".