In a major turn of events, the Election Commission today did a big U-turn to accept the nomination of actor Vishal which it had earlier rejected citing discrepancies in the papers. Earlier his nomination was rejected alongside former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar, who like Vishal was hoping to fight as an independent candidate. Thanking the election body, the actor said, “Really thankful to the Election Commission for doing the right thing”.
However, even as the actor claimed his papers have been accepted, the poll body said the was matter under processing.
Earlier, he sat on a dharna moments after his candidature was rejected by the Election Commission on Tuesday, for the constituency that is going to polls on December 21. Along with his nomination, that of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha niece Deepa Jayakumar’s nomination too was rejected today. Reacting to the statement after cancellation of his candidature, the actor said that he was informed at the last minute that the election body found “discrepancies,” in the papers in respect of signatures.
Meanwhile reacting to rejection of her nomination, Deepa Jayakumar said, “There is a column where we talk about inheritance of property & I have mentioned that. It’s not mandatory. That’s not a reason enough to reject this application. All other information I have provided are perfect”. She also alleged it was not done for any valid reasons. “It is being done wantonly,” she added.
When an EC official was asked about the reasons behind the cancellation of nominations of these two candidates, he said that there were some flaws in nominations and the order was passed by the returning officer.
In protest, after the decision of the EC, the actor along with his supporters sat on the road in North Chennai against the EC’s decision to reject his papers. The election body had received over 140145 nominations from aspirants wanting to contest the bypoll.
AIADMK candidate E Madhusudhanan had earlier claimed that TTV Dinakaran was behind the candidature of the actor. The actor, while rejecting the charge had said that he was not a politician and was standing in the election on behalf of the people of the constituency.
The last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 7. Results of the bypoll will be declared on December 24.