Election Commission Again Rejects Actor Vishal's Nomination For RK Nagar Bypoll

Tamil film actor Vishal

He also tweeted, "After much struggle, my nomination for the RK Nagar election is finally accepted".

Chennai: The high profile RK Nagar on Tuesday created yet another record with the number of nominations being rejected surpassing the number of nominations accepted. Ram's tweet had said, "actor Vishal's nomination to contest as an independent candidate was rejected in Tamil Nadu because he confessed to be a fan of @ArvindKejriwal ... had he said he's a fan of @narendramodi he wouldn't have had to file any papers to EC".

"I'd challenge this legally".

Speaking to television channels, the actor said, "It is a mockery of democracy". The by-poll is now scheduled for December 21 after the Election Commission was forced to countermand the by-poll slated for April 12 following large-scale bribing of voters.

On late Tuesday night, Velusamy the Returning Officer said that Vishal's nomination papers had come under scrutiny after objections were raised over the genuinity of the proposers. However, I don't want to get into who was against me or who was instigating it.

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The rejection of the nominations of Vishal and Deepa Jayakumar is seen negating the shifting of votes from the three main contenders-AIADMK, T.T.V. Dhinakarn and the DMK-in the R.K. Nagar bypolls. This comes hours after the actor had claimed that his nomination has been accepted by the poll body.

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

The seat fell vacant following the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in December 2016, who represented it for two terms.

Vishal, who wanted to contest the seat, which had fallen vacant after Minister J Jayalalithaa's death previous year, had filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate for the bypoll, which will take place on December 21.

The ruling AIADMK has fielded senior leader E. Madhusudhanan as its candidate from R.K. Nagar.

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