Tamil actor Vishal, who was ‘visited’ by tax officials after his criticism for BJP, to contest RK Nagar bypoll

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Popular Tamil actor Vishal Krishna — popularly known as Vishal — has taken a political plunge by announcing that he will contest the 21 December by-election to the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency.

Taking to Twitter, Vishal said, “This is to inform everyone that I have decided to contest in the upcoming election to be held in RK Nagar. I will be filing my nomination this Monday, 4th Dec. Hoping for a change & the change is inevitable….GB.”

Some reports suggested that the actor will file his nomination as an Independent candidate on Monday. However, Vishal, could not be reached for his comment.

The Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the other hand, will be fielding its spokesperson K. Nagarajan as its candidate for the by-election, reported IANS.

Vishal was recently in news because of the ‘visit’ by Income Tax officials after he criticised the state BJP leader H Raja on the GST row involving Tamil film Mersal.

Vishal, who also heads the Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) and general secretary of the South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA) had accused Raja of “promoting piracy” and also demanded an apology from him.

BJP in Tamil Nadu on Sunday had stooped to new low by posting what it claimed was the voter identity card of actor Vijay in a bid to establish his Christian faith.

H Raja, an ex-MLA and the BJP’s national secretary, posted a photo of a voter ID card, which appeared to show actor Vijay’s name as Joseph Vijay. Raja wrote, “Truth is bitter.” Along with Vijay’s voter ID card, Raja also posted a letter, allegedly written by the popular actor in 2014 to Kumudham magazine’s editor thanking for shortlisting his name in the list of popular actors in Tamil Nadu.

BJP was unhappy with the reference to GST in the film Mersal. The scene had become the dominant theme of social media conversations after a BJP minister took strong objection to the references to GST in the film and demanded its removal. The filmmakers have reportedly agreed to delete the scene. But this hasn’t stopped the a scene from going viral.

The state in the recent times has seen a clutch of actors expressing their willingness to jump into the political arena. Actor Kamal Haasan has expressed his decision to jump into politics, while Rajinikanth has also said that he would consider a political foray.

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

Sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran will also be contesting as an Independent candidate.

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