RK Nagar bypoll: How actor Vishal's nomination drama unfolded

Actor Vishal outside the nomination center in Tondiarpet on Monday | D SAMPATH KUMAR

The nomination papers of actor Vishal Krishnan and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar for the December 21 RK Nagar by-election have been rejected by the Election Commission after they were scrutinised. The actor claimed to have audio tapes of his two proposers being threatened.

After heated debates with the police and election commission officials and a high-intensity drama, actor Vishal declared that his nomination had been accepted. "We will get full details later.it is a quasi judicial process", the official said.

Along with several of his supporters, he briefly squatted on the road in North Chennai protesting the decision to reject his papers.

The Returning Officer stated that Vishal did not fulfill the conditions for nomination, with only 8 valid proposers.

Interestingly, the complainant, G Devarajan, was the one who filed a case against actor Kamal Haasan recently over his tweet on "nilavembu kashayam". "Therefore, I conclude that the nomination of Thiru.Vishal Krishna filed in Sl No 72 is rejected upon my summary enquiry", the EC statement added. "The claim that two signatures were forged is a lie", said the actor. I haven't met Arvind Kejriwal but he is a people's leader.

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Following this, the actor held a news conference announcing that his papers had been accepted. If something good has to happen, there will be obstacles. Subsequently, Vishal submitted a recorded conversation with a person named Velu, said to be relative of a woman who had proposed his candidature. "After much struggle, my nomination for the RK Nagar election is finally accepted...."

Vishal, who wanted to contest the seat, which had fallen vacant after Minister J Jayalalithaa's death a year ago, had filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate for the bypoll, which will take place on December 21. "The Returning Officer has done what has to be done". However, many on Twitter blamed his confession that Kejriwal had inspired him to join the politics, for the poll body to reject his nomination papers.

Asked about the reason for rejecting the papers, the official said it was technical.

Late in the night, Mr. Vishal said he would identify an Independent candidate - a youngster - and work for his victory.

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