As the Nadigar Sangam election in Chennai approaches on June 23, actor Vishal Krishna who’s contesting the elections, finds himself under attack from several quarters including his former close friend actress Varalaxmiwhose father Sarath Kumar has been criticized by Vishal for alleged irregularities and misconductwhen he helmed the Nadigar Sangam.
Notorious publicity seeker Sri Reddy has also posted incriminating tweets against Vishal
But days ahead of the elections Vishal remains unfazed. “I don’t need to defend myself against people who have a personal agenda. Sri Reddy, I don’t even know what she said about me. And I don’t care. She has so much to say about everybody. As for Varalaxmi I can understand her reaction.After all it’s her father’s reputation at stake. But she must believe me when I say we have documented proof of the allegations being made against SarathKumarji.I’ve the highest regard for him. But at the moment my advice to all concerned is to not react emotionally.”
Vishal says he is unfazed by the attack on him. “The elections are just days ahead. The intensity of the attack shows how insecure the other contestants are about my elections. The attack and abuse don’t hurt me. If you are in politics you have to grow a thick skin.”
Vishal also draws attention to the campaigning tactics of educationist Ishari K Ganesh. “He is using his students for door-to-door canvassing… young boys who should only be focusing on their studies are being subjected to this kind of exploitation. Does he realize what the repercussions would be if this were to come out in the public domain?”
Vishal admits he is unhappy with the dirty politics. “If I had known even a month earlier that there would be so much resentment about my participation in the elections I’d have opted out. The entire focus of resentment seems to be the Nadigar Sangam building that’s being constructed. I don’t know why it is such a big deal for everyone who’s attacking me.But I’ve promised to complete the construction of this building.And I will keep my promise.”