By-Polls Start in Jayalalitha’s R.K Nagar Constituency

Story highlights

  • After the campaigning for by-poll concluded on Wednesday, by-poll elections for the prestigious RK Nagar constituency in the state of Tamil Nadu has been started
  • The seat was vacant after the former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha’s death

After the campaigning for by-poll concluded on Wednesday, by-poll elections for the prestigious RK Nagar constituency in the state of Tamil Nadu has been started. Vote-counting will be done on December 24.

It must be noted that the by-poll came as the compulsion for the constituency when it got vacant after the death of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa (Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu) in December 2016. Though the by-poll was earlier scheduled to happen on April 12 but was cancelled because of the allegations that sums of money were distributed in a vote-for-cash scam.

Voting in RK Nagar. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The list of key candidates for the by-polls includes E Madhusudhanan from the AIADMK faction who used to hold a seat in the cabinet of AIADMK, TTV Dhinakaran who has been sidelined by AIADMK, Marudhu Ganesh from and Karu Nagarajan from the BJP.

Dhinakaran had lost the chance to get AIADMK’s legacy two-leaves election symbol to the clan led by the chief minister and his deputy, as the Election Commission marked them as the real party. It must be mentioned, while the by-poll for RK Nagar constituency goes on, a Delhi court will be hearing the two leaves symbol bribery case (because of which the earlier scheduled date was postponed).

The court is likely to hear the plea on the chargesheet filed by Delhi Police that has named  TTV Dinakaran, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, Mallikarjuna, Nathu Singh, Pulkit Kundra, B Kumar, Jai Vikram Haran and Narendra Jain. The case will be heard in regard to an alleged attempt by Dhinakaran to bribe the Election Commission for securing AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol for the party faction which was led by his aunt V.K. Sasikala.

                                 Also Read: Former Tamil Nadu CM Late Jayalalitha’s Hospital Video Surfaces in Media

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