RK Nagar by-poll: DMK announces Marudhu Ganesh as it's candidate

RK Nagar by-poll: DMK announces Marudhu Ganesh as it's candidate

The vacancy for the constituency arose following the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 5 past year.

Earlier, the poll panel had made a decision to hold bypoll to the constituency on April 12 but it was later cancelled in the wake of allegations of "cash-for-votes".

Chennai: By-election to the RK Nagar (Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar) Assembly constituency, left vacant following the death of AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, would be held on December 21, the Election Commission of India announced on Friday. According to the Income Tax Department, the V Sasikala faction of AIADMK - which was contesting the election with TTV Dinakaran as their candidate - had allegedly paid around Rs 90 crore to gain support from voters.

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The party also asserted that it was not anxious about the "Two Leaves" going to the ruling AIADMK faction. Filing of nominations will begin on November 27 and end on December 4.

He declined to comment on the party's probable candidate to fight the by-election. EPS and OPS have merged, and won the two-leaves symbol which was frozen by the Election Commission due to their fight earlier.

It would be interesting to see how the opposition parties would face the December 21 bye-election, and whether the DMK would be able to bring together all opposition parties against the ruling AIADMK, which is toeing the lines of the BJP government at the Centre.

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Thirunavvukkarasar said Congress will support the DMK in the by-election.

Jayalalithaa's niece J Deepa, who floated her own party MGR Jayalalithaa Deepa Peravai, contested the April 12 bypoll claiming the political legacy of her aunt.

The constituency came into prominence after Jayalalithaa made a decision to contest the seat in June 2015 after the Karnataka high court acquitted her in the disproportionate assets case.

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"Since earlier by election was deferred following cash distribution, the Commission should take concrete steps to prevent recurrence of such malpractices, KMDK General Secretary", E.R. Eswaran said.

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