RK Nagar bypoll: EC first rejects, then accepts nomination of actor Vishal

RK Nagar bypoll: EC first rejects, then accepts nomination of actor Vishal

"I never expected so much difficulty in contesting an election", he said.

Actor Vishal Krishna claimed today that his nomination for the December 21 R K Nagar bypoll here has been accepted by authorities after a scrutiny of a complaint in respect of signatures in the application form.

Chennai (Jammu and Kashmir): President of Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council, actor Vishal, on Tuesday thanked the Election Commission (EC) for accepting his nomination as an independent candidate RK Nagar by-polls.

Vishal says there's video footage of the RO saying his nomination papers have been accepted.

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.

Mr. Vishal, upon learning that his nomination papers were rejected, staged a dharna on the road in Tondiarpet where the office of the Returning Officer is located, alleging foul play. I even got calls from senior people in the government that I shouldn't file my nomination and to take it back.

"My nomination has been accepted".

A perceptibly angry and disappointed Vishal tweeted the above at 3am on Wednesday, following several hours of twists and turns, and high drama over the validity of the election candidacy nomination papers he filed for the high-profile RK Nagar bye-elections to be held later this month. "Disheartening to hear that the nomination made by me was initially accepted & later when I left, has been announced as invalid", he tweeted.

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

Chennai: The mood was somber, emotional, and in shades marked by theatrics, a hallmark of Tamil Nadu politics, as AIADMK rank and file on Tuesday paid homage to the late leader J.Jayalalithaa on her first death anniversary.

Authorities did what was needed to be done "in a fair manner", Vishal said.

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