Chennai: After twists and turns, actor Vishal’s nomination to contest the December 21 by-election to the Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency was finally rejected on late Tuesday by the Returning Officer. Initially, the poll body had rejected the actor’s nomination, with Velusamy, the returning officer, stating that two of the nominees mentioned in his affidavit have claimed not to have signed the papers.
The poll body said a candidate has to be proposed by 10 persons but in the case of Vishal, only eight valid proposers have endorsed his candidature. Following the initial rejection of his nomination, Vishal had a heated argument with the returning officer and staged a road-roko in front of the election office in Tondiarpet. The actor alleged that he has video evidence that the two nominees were threatened and chased from election office and that it was a ploy to prevent him from contesting the elections.
Subsequently, Vishal submitted a recorded conversation with a person named Velu, said to be relative of a woman who had proposed his candidature. 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. But, his joy was to be short-lived as the returning officer finally rejected the actor’s nomination.
The actor, soon after, took to Twitter and termed the rejection of his nomination as ‘democracy being at its lowest low’.