"From tomorrow, I am going to campaign in RK Nagar", he said.
The Election Commission (EC) late night on Tuesday rejected the nominations of Tamil actor Vishal and Deepa Jayakumar for the 21 December R.K. Nagar bypoll. "My nomination is accepted and I am contesting the RK Nagar by-polls", Vishal told.
Just when Vishal's supporters were celebrating the supposed acceptance of his nomination, returning officer Veluchamy officially announced that he had rejected the nomination papers as Deepan and Sumathi had said they had not proposed his name. Within minutes, Vishal followed by his fans blocked roads and staged a protest demanding answers.
The actor's nomination was rejected on charges of forged signatures in the papers, according to local media reports.
As per the phone recording, Velu told Vishal that the woman was threatened to give a letter to the poll body stating that she did not sign the nomination form.
Contesting this, Mr. Vishal submitted to the Returning Officer an audio clip containing a purported telephonic conversation between him and a man related to Ms. Sumathy.
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"My family members were threatened by Madhusudhanan supporters for supporting you".
The actor, however, alleged that the two proposers made the allegations under duress. "They were even offered money in Rs 2,000 currency notes", a man identified by Vishal as Velu is heard saying in the audio clipping.
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. "Because of a few hurdles, my nomination was kept under scrutiny but now it has been accepted".
In his present complaint, Devarajan mentioned that a post from actor Venkat Subha's official page reveals that the actor distributed gold, cash and free alcohol to win the TFPC elections. "Don't call me a politician, call me people's representative as I am fighting the election as an Independent". He even took to Twitter to make the announcement official.
Deepa who earlier spoke to TNM said that, "The AIADMK is scared of Vishal's star power". "The election commission received a complaint but after verifying the facts, they have accepted my nomination. I don't want to go into details about who's against me, who is trying to thwart my nomination and such things", the actor told reporters.