Actor Vishal’s Nomination Papers Rejected For RK Nagar By-Polls
Chennai, December 5: After several twists and turns in last few hours, the Returning Officer of the Election Commission announced that actor Vishal’s nomination papers had been rejected for the RK Nagar by-polls.
On late Tuesday night, Velusamy the Returning Officer said that Vishal’s nomination papers had come under scrutiny after objections were raised over the genuinity of the proposers.
The Returning Officer goes on to the state that two proposers -Sumathy and Deepan – had appeared in person and “submitted written representation that they had not proposed the nomination of Thiru Vishal Krishna and their signatures were forged”.
The RO said that Vishal had appeared before him and had shown an audio clip that claimed that proposer Sumathy had been coerced by some persons to appear before him.
After Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Kumari’s rejection, Vishal is the second high-profile candidate to have his nomination papers rejected.
Moments after the rejection was announced, Vishal and his team of supporters went ahead and sat on a protest outside RO’s office. As soon as the protest began, Chennai police were called in who demanded to vacate the area.
On Saturday, Vishal surprised many by announcing his political entry. The actor, who is Nadigar Sangam’s General Secretary and the President of the Tamil Film Producers Council, had filed his nomination papers on Monday – the last day for filing.
A total of 145 persons had filed their nomination papers. The last date for the withdrawal of the candidature is December 7. The Radhakrishnan Nagar seat fell vacant following the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.