RK Nagar by-polls: Actor Vishal thanks EC for accepting his nomination

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

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

The by-election for the RK Nagar seat was earlier scheduled to take place in April but was cancelled following a vote-for-cash scam. Reacting to the rejection of his nomination Vishal claimed that few of his proposers were threatened and he has video footage as evidence for this.

Chennai: Hours after being rejected by the Election Commission, the nomination papers of actor Vishal Krishna for the December 21 RK Nagar bypoll as an independent candidate, was accepted on Tuesday.

Holding that the veracity of the person's claim in the audio clip could not be ascertained, Mr. Velusamy late at night issued an order rejecting the actor's nomination papers.

The 40-year-old actor Vishal expressed his discontent on Twitter, saying that the initial acceptance and then the rejection of his nomination was disheartening.

Vishal, Deepa Jayakumar and the EC returning officer did not respond to calls seeking comment. He went on to thank the Election Commission officials for doing the "right thing".

"My nomination has been accepted". 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. If something good has to happen, there will be obstacles.

"The nomination that I filed has been accepted".

A highly placed official on RK Nagar poll duty told DC that returning officer Veluchamy conveyed the preliminary findings of the scrutiny to the corporation commissioner and the office of chief electoral officer informing them the reasons for rejecting the nominations of independents and a final official communiqué will be sent on Wednesday.

The Returning Officer also rejected the nomination papers of M.C. Chandra Sekar, the son of M.G. Chakrapani, the brother of former Chief Minister MGR.

Along with several of his supporters, he had briefly squatted on the road in North Chennai protesting the decision to reject his papers. "I don't understand what's happening", Vishal said.

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