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There is no law that prohibits me from contesting elections: Actor Vishal Krishna


His statement comes in reponse to demands that the actor resign as the president of TFPC before filing his nomination for the upcoming by-election.

Manigandan KR

Actor Vishal Krishna, who filed his nomination for the Radha Krishanan by-polls to be held on 21 December, has lashed out at director and producer Cheran. This comes in reponse to Cheran's demand that the actor resign as the president of Tamil Film Producers' Council before filing his nomination for the upcoming by-election. However, Vishal fileed his nomination papers on Monday, 4 December, as an independent candidate. 

In a statement Vishal cleared that contesting elections is his personal choice and no law prohibits him from doing so. "I have great respect for director Cheran. However, some of his recent criticisms, which have been indecent, only make me pity him. There is no law that prohibits a person holding office in an organization from contesting elections," he said.  

The actor further added that his decision come only after consulting friends and legal experts.

"I have arrived at this decision only after holding consultations with my friends and legal experts. I am ready to face any charge legally. However, if people choose to indulge in slander, to threaten and thereby achieve their objectives or if people indulge in slander for the sake of publicity, such actions of theirs cannot be permitted by the council. At least from now on, director Cheran must reform himself and stop seeking free publicity. He must look to have a healthy mentality. If Cheran continues to behave in the same fashion, legal action as per the rules of the council will be initiated against him," Vishal added.

Demanding Vishal's resignation, Cheran had said to the media, "Nadigar Sangam doesn't need any support but producers always need the support of the ruling party. Vishal's decision of entering politics will affect the Producer Council's relationship with the ruling party. Several pending perks and benefits which the government will be supporting will be affected."  

Earlier this year, Vishal, who produces films under his own banner — Vishal Film Factory, won the Producers' Council election by a margin of 154 votes, beating veterans Kothanda Ramaiah of KR Infotainment and R Radhakrishanan of Maruthi Films.