DMK announces candidate for RK Nagar by

26 November, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • The announcement of dates for Jayalalithaa's constituency RK Nagar comes three days after the Madras High Court gave a December 31 deadline for the election of a new lawmaker for the constituency

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. 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.

The date in which the notification was issued is November 21 and the last day for filing nominations is December 4.

The bypoll in R.K. Nagar was necessitated by the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha in December past year. The commission had rescinded the bypoll scheduled on April 12 two days before the polling, citing distribution of money power and other allurements in the constituency. Counting is on December 24. The then-OPS faction had named veteran leader Madhusudhanan to fight for them under the name AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Aamma).

RK Nagar Assembly constituency fell vacant following the demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa past year. Also in the fray was Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa's niece, as an independent candidate. EPS and OPS have merged, and won the two-leaves symbol which was frozen by the Election Commission due to their fight earlier.

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DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan announced Ganesh's candidature in a party release.

When asked whether he thought the byelection would be held in a free and fair manner, Mr. Stalin, noting that the DMK had approached the court in the recent past, said, "Now, we will face it [the byelection] in a democratic manner, and the DMK will win it with the support of its allies". The BJP had fielded well-known Tamil music composer Gangai Amaran in the countermanded election.

Dinakaran had earlier said he would contest in the by-election whenever it is held. She again contested from the seat in May 2016.

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