RK Nagar by-election on December 21, counting on December 24

Kelly Massey
November 26, 2017

The announcement comes a day after the Election Commission gave the AIADMK's iconic "two leaves" symbol to the unified faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

After losing the symbol, TTV Dinakaran, nephew of jailed VK Sasikala, announced that he would contest the RK Nagar bypoll as his faction enjoy the support of the cadre.

The Election Commission on Friday announced that bypoll to former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa's Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly seat will be held on December 21 and the counting of votes will take place on December 24.

The vacancy for the constituency arose following the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 5 previous year. Bypoll in RK Nagar previously scheduled for April 12, 2017, was cancelled by the EC following a report by the income tax department that documents seized during searches at the premises of an accountant of health minister C. Vijayabhaskar showed that Rs 89 crore was channeled to RK Nagar through party functionaries. The then-OPS faction had named veteran leader Madhusudhanan to fight for them under the name AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Aamma).

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Chennai: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin on Tuesday announced Marudhu Ganesh as candidate for RK Nagar by-elections to be held on December 21.

He declined to comment on the party's probable candidate to fight the by-election.

He said this will be the first election to be faced by the AIADMK government after the death of Jayalalithaa and also after it got the "two leaves" symbol. DMK fielded Ganesh as he was known in the constituency. After being disqualified following the conviction in the disproportionate assets case in September 2014, Jayalalithaa contested the June 2015 by-poll to the RK Nagar seat after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her.

Dinakaran had earlier said he would contest in the by-election whenever it is held.

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