Being a president of Producers Council and also holding power in Nadigar Sangham, it is almost like whatever Vishal said and did have happened in whatever way he thought. And when the actor expected that he would repeat the similar feat at RK Nagar by-poll, he has tasted the stroke of reality.
With the death of former Tamilnadu CM Jayalalitha on 5th December 2016, RK Nagar MLA seat has fallen vacant. Now that the by-poll is scheduled, suddenly hero Vishal declared that he will contest the poll as an independent. After visiting Jayalalitha and MGR’s resting place, he went to file his nomination which is signed by ten proposers. There started the game.
Hours later, Vishal’s nomination was rejected by the Returning Officer saying that two proposers have filed a police complaint saying that their signatures are forged. Later Vishal gave a telephonic audio clip for a clarity, the EC is said to have accepted his nomination. The elated actor tweeted then “After much struggle, my nomination for the RK Nagar election is finally accepted. Truth Always Triumphs! #JusticeServed #DemocracyPrevails”.
But the game took a new turn, with the Returning Officer saying that the claim in the audio clip cannot be validated and hence rejected his nomination. A rumour has then started doing rounds that AIADMK leaders have actually threatened to kill family members of the proposers if they don’t claim their signature is forged on Vishal’s nomination.
Meanwhile, a distressed Vishal tweeted, “Democracy at its lowest low!! Disheartening to hear that the nomination made by me was initially accepted & later when I left, has been announced as invalid”. He further added, on 5th Dec 2016, #Amma died, 5th Dec, 2017, #Democracy died”.
What is reality and what is the truth in the rumours is something to be decided by judiciary but Vishal got a true taste of real politics with this incident, say political analysts.