Actor Vishal Says Not Racing Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan On Politics

RK Nagar in Chennai was the assembly constituency of the AIADMK’s powerful leader J Jayalalithaa. It is vital for the AIADMK to establish that Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his team are in control

Actor Vishal Krishna, popularly known by his first name, filed nomination papers today to contest by-elections for Tamil Nadu’s RK Nagar assembly seat, asserting that he was in no way trying to race ahead of his seniors in the industry, mega stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, to launch a political career. The actor’s decision to contest has turned what is seen as a big prestige battle for ruling party AIADMK into a tough four-cornered contest.

Vishal, 40, has been quoted as saying that he is inspired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who tweeted today, “Welcome @VishalKOfficial. Ur entry in politics will inspire many youngsters. Let’s meet up when u come to Del(hi) next.”

“It’s so sweet of him,” a thrilled Vishal told NDTV. “@ArvindKejriwal Sir. The Change is inevitable & more youngsters must join Politics to make our Country a global powerhouse,” the actor replied on Twitter.

RK Nagar in Chennai was the assembly constituency of the AIADMK’s powerful leader J Jayalalithaa, who died as chief minister in December last year. It is vital for the AIADMK, seemingly rudderless since Ms. Jayalalithaa died, to establish that Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his team are in control. The party has fielded a senior leader, E Madhusudanan, who has held the seat before and has influence among Telugu people who have a sizeable presence in RK Nagar.

“I’m not helping Dhinakaran or DMK by contesting,” said Vishal, whose entry is being seemed as a threat to the AIADMK. “Nothing has changed in RK Nagar since April, that’s why I’m contesting. I want to be the voice of RK Nagar. I want to help people. When youngsters decide on something, nothing can stop them,” the actor said.

Vishal, who heads the South Indian Film Artistes’ Association and the Film Producers’ Council, is contesting as an independent candidate and has said that if elected, “People should tell us what they want and I will do it.”

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