Vishal disappointed after nomination papers rejected: 'Democracy at its lowest'

An official said two among the 10 proposers, Sumathy and Deepan, appeared before him in person and claimed that it was not their valid signatures (on the nomination papers).

In a statement issued late on Tuesday night, Returning Officer Velusamy stated that Vishal's nomination papers had come under scrutiny after objections were raised over the genuinity of the proposers. Referring to the audio clip furnished by Vishal, the returning officer said the veracity of the person speaking therein could not be ascertained. "After much struggle, my nomination for the RK Nagar election is finally accepted.Truth Always Triumphs". The actor has been left in shock with his application rejected.

Vishal expressed his sadness saying it was disheartening for him as the nomination was initially accepted and later rejected after he left. "He further added, on 5th Dec 2016, #Amma died, 5th Dec, 2017, #Democracy died". "Rules were flouted. I am dejected as democracy has been mocked", Vishal told India Today. "Totally unfair. I bring this to your notice & I hope justice prevails", he said in the tweet. As per reports Vishal will now back an independent candidate. Ram's tweet had said, "actor Vishal's nomination to contest as an independent candidate was rejected in Tamil Nadu because he confessed to be a fan of @ArvindKejriwal ... had he said he's a fan of @narendramodi he wouldn't have had to file any papers to EC".

".there were some flaws in the is an order passed by the Returning Officer", he added. During his meeting with Lakhoni, Vishal submitted a written complaint detailing the events that led to the ultimate rejection of his nomination papers.

Vishal, who had staged a road roko to protest against the rejection of his nomination on Tuesday evening, was all smiles later to announce that his nomination had been accepted. "The audio recording that you all heard is true", he told reporters.

Vanessa Coleman