- He was disqualified from contesting the RK Nagar by-election
- Met Tamil Nadu's chief electoral officer, urging to reconsider decision
- Vishal's entry into the fray was seen as a danger sign for AIADMK
"Totally unfair," said the popular actor, who is not giving up. He met the state's chief electoral officer on Wednesday and urged him to reconsider the decision. He also plans to meet Tamil Nadu's Governor Banwarilal Purohit to "lodge a complaint," he said.
To the people, I look upto, Hon @narendramodi & Hon @rashtrapatibhvn- Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) December 6, 2017
I am Vishal,I hope u r aware of wats happening in the RK Nagar Election process in Chennai.
My nomination was accepted & later rejected. Totally unfair. I bring this to your notice & I hope justice prevails.
Late last night he had tweeted: "5th Dec 2016, #Amma died, 5th Dec, 2017, #Democracy died...."
On Tuesday, Vishal has said, he was first told that his nomination papers had been rejected, then that they had been accepted and then finally late into the night, rejected again. In a dramatic protest the actor sat on the road in front of the returning officer's office on Tuesday evening.
Officials have said that the film actor's nomination papers only had "valid" signatures of eight proposers, not the 10 needed. Two people listed by Vishal in his form as proposers had complained that their signatures had been forged, they alleged.
"If two people made a complaint that signatures were forged then they should have addressed that in front of the candidate... they should asked me... accepting one side of the argument is not right," Vishal said, adding that, "I'm not disappointed that I'm not going to contest an election. I'm disappointed in the entire system right now. They need to give a proper answer; they can't just give me a letter."
The contest is a prestige battle for the AIADMK, which has fielded a senior leader, E Madhusudhanan, who has represented RK Nagar before in the state assembly and is seen to have influence among Telugu people, who make up a sizeable chunk of voters.
Vishal's entry into the fray was seen as a danger sign for the AIADMK as he belongs to Andhra Pradesh and so could've cut the Telugu votes.
The nomination papers of Ms Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar were also rejected on Tuesday.
Also contesting the RK by-election are sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran as an independent candidate, and the DMK's Marudhu Ganesh, an RK Nagar local, seen as the man to beat.
The DMK wants to win RK Nagar to bolster its claim that the ruling party has lost popular support after the death of Ms Jayalalithaa.