Actor Vishal mourns the death of democracy

Actor Vishal on Wednesday gives his petition to Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni at the secretariat after his nomination papers were rejected

Actor Vishal mourns the death of democracy

While everyone thought that actor Vishal Reddy had a tragic end after Tamil Nadu State Election Commission denied his nomination for RK Nagar by-poll after the two proposals who signature on nomination papers was declared as "forged", the actor is given another opportunity to produce those two proposers before EC by 3PM today. Also contesting the RK bye-election are sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran as an independent candidate and the DMK's Marudhu Ganesh, an RK Nagar local.

Out of the total 145 nomination papers received, as many as 73, including those of Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar and actor Vishal Krishna's, had been rejected. "God save my beloved country from this anarchy!" "If your nomination is rejected for any reason you must get a certified copy of the order of the RO containing reasons for such rejection", says the EC handbook.

On December 5, the actor tweeted that his nomination was accepted.

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He further said that Tahir-ul-Qadri will devise strategy regarding protest after consulting his lawyers and core committee.

Notably, Deepan and Sumathi are two of the ten proposers in Vishal's nomination papers whose signatures were claimed to be falsified.

RK Nagar Bypoll is the talk of all over Tamil Nadu, after the sad demise of Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the nomination filings for the same created much more drama sequences on last few days. "Totally unfair. I bring this to your notice & I hope justice prevails", tweeted Vishal to the Twitter handles of the PM and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The actor said he was also consulting legal experts.

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According to a report in The Hindu, the high court on Monday directed the returning officer of the EC to decide an alternative for the faction, without being affected by the poll panel's previous observation.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has said a total of 59 candidates were finally left in the fray for the by-election. Returning Officer K Velusami maintains that he rejected the nomination "only once", but the actor says the officer rejected it twice and also accepted the nomination once. Later, 13 candidates withdrew from the electoral race.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded K. Nagarajan as its candidate.

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