Two days after actor and President of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council, Vishal announced that he will be contesting in the RK Nagar elections, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal welcomed him. The Delhi CM tweeted saying that Vishal's entry into politics will be an inspiration to many youngsters.
So why did Kejriwal suddenly decide to praise Vishal? Well, that's because Vishal first called the AAP chief his inspiration to enter politics.
Vishal had said that he draws inspiration from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
Responding to it, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Welcome @VishalKOfficial. Your entry in politics will inspire many youngsters. Let’s meet when you come to Delhi next.
Speaking about Kejriwal and Abdul Kalam, Vishal had said that he looks 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,” reported News18.com.
On Monday, Vishal filed his nomination to contest the RK Nagar elections. He had told TNM, "I thought it was time. I can't sit and watch anymore. These people did not even conduct civic polls. As a citizen, one does not even know who is supposed to pick up garbage outside the house. That's the condition now.”
"If change has to come, it can come through anyone. It can even come through Vishal," he said.
This isn't the first instance in recent times when we have seen Arvind Kejriwal warming upto political aspirants in Tamil Nadu. He had met actor Kamal Haasan on September 21 in Chennai.
Though the two claimed that they did not speak about any political tie-ups, Kejriwal had hinted that they would work together. “Kamal Haasan has a reputation of having integrity and courage. When the country is facing strong forces of corruption and communalism, all like minded people should talk to each other and work in tandem. I was happy when I learnt that a large number of honest people in this country who feel strongly against communalism, only a few people have the courage to stick their neck out. Kamal Haasan is a rare person like that,” he had said.
A top AAP source told TNM that though Kejriwal had extended an invite to Kamal, the latter was still unsure of what kind of political entry he should make.
The RK Nagar seat became vacant after the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Those who would be fighting this elections are AIADMK’s Madhusudhanan, DMK’s Maradhu Ganesh, AIADMK (Amma) TTV Dhinakaran, BJP's Karu Nagarajan as well as late Jayalalithaa niece Deepa Jayakumar.
RK Nagar goes to polls on December 21 and the results will be announced on December 24. The elections were scheduled to be held in April in RK Nagar but was cancelled due to allegations of voter bribery.