Actor Vishal Joins Race For High-Profile RK Nagar, Jayalalithaa's Seat

The by-election to the assembly seat was necessitated after the death of legislator and chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

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Actor Vishal Joins Race For High-Profile RK Nagar, Jayalalithaa's Seat

Vishal is expected to file his nomination as an Independent candidate on Monday.

Chennai:  Tamil actor Vishal Krishna - popularly known as Vishal - has made a political plunge and will contest the December 21 by-election to the RK Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai, the actor announced on Saturday.

He told NDTV "It's the people's anguish that led to this ".

The actor who heads the South Indian Film Artistes' Association and the Film Producers' Council said "I'd fight  as an independent candidate. People should ask us what they want and I'd do it".

The actor tweeted that he will file his nomination on Monday.
 
Tamil Nadu in recent times has seen a clutch of actors expressing their willingness to jump into the political arena.

Tamil superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have expressed their decision to jump into politics. 
But Vishal, on Saturday, denied meeting Kamal Haasan.

The ruling AIADMK and the DMK have already announced E. Madhusudhanan and N. Marudhu Ganesh, respectively, as their candidates for the RK Nagar seat.

The BJP has fielded as its spokesperson K. Nagarajan as its candidate for the by-election.

Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran will also be contesting as an Independent candidate.

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