Actor Vishal files nomination for RK Nagar bypoll
Tamil actor Vishal filed his nomination as an independent candidate for the RK Nagar bypoll on 4 December.
Filing the nomination Vishal said that "I want to be the voice of RK Nagar. I want to be the representative of the people and I'm not going to be a full-time politician. I have no long-term plan. It is just a gut feeling and I want to contest the election."
Vishal said he draws inspiration from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and late President, APJ Abdul Kalam.
"I look up to these two people. I haven't met Arvind Kejriwal but he is a people's leader. I'm not going to be a politician and will remain a commoner, " he added.
Actor Vishal, who filed his nomination papers for the RK Nagar bypoll on Monday paid his respects to late AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa, at her memorial before filing his nomination at the RK Nagar election office on Monday.
He also paid respects to former Tamil Nadu chief ministers CN Annadurai, K Kamaraj and MG Ramachandran (MGR).
The by-election for the assembly seat was necessitated after the death of legislator and chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Besides opposition DMK, ruling AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan and the party's sidelined leader T T V Dhinakaran are contesting for the prestigious seat.
Last year, Vishal was elected general secretary of SIAA, an actors' body, in a bitterly fought election. Later, he was also elected as the head of the TFPC and has been actively campaigning against piracy, one of the major issues in Tamil cinema.