Shuddering in disbelief and disgust, the intrepid actor who has now made a decision to take a headlong plunge into politics says: "What we are witnessing is the systematic and effectual death of democracy in our country". But Vishal claims nothing in writing was given to him. After scrutiny of papers, the election commission accepted 72 nominations and rejected 73.
The Election Commission (EC) allocated the "pressure cooker" symbol to sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran (also spelled as Dinakaran) to contest the RK Nagar bypoll and allocated the "hat" symbol to another party, ANI reported.
On December 5, the actor tweeted that his nomination was accepted.
Not much later, the nomination papers were yet again rejected as it was revealed that two of the 10 individuals who are required to propose Vishal's nomination and sign a document stating the same claimed that their signatures were forged.
Then he tweeted, "As time passes by, Dheepan and Sumathi, who proposed my nomination are not traceable". I'm very much anxious about their safety & security. "Whether I Win or Lose, Democracy truly Lost!" "Less than 2 hours to do this..."
In a written complaint submitted to the CEO, the actor detailed on Tuesday's events that led to the ultimate rejection of his nomination papers. "If we don't take charge of the politics at the municipal level how can we even begin the process of cleaning up the political mess in Tamil Nadu?" wonders Vishal.
He wrote, "Twist of Tale. What more is to Come?!"
Actor Vishal had also submitted an audio clip and claimed that one of the proposers, Sumathy, was forced to withdraw her support by the ruling party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
On the symbol for Dhinakaran, who has sought "hat", Returning Officer K Velusamy told PTI that "free symbol is being allowed".
The symbols for the election should have been allotted by 3 pm and Thursday also happens to be the last date for candidature withdrawal.