TN: EC announces bye-poll for Radha Krishna Nagar assembly seat

Posted November 26, 2017

The schedule was announced days after the Madras high court directed the EC to conduct the bypolls by December 31, while hearing the plea of DMK leader R. S. Bharathi.

The EC on Friday declared the dates for the by-election to R K Nagar seat, which fell vacant following the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5 a year ago.

The bypoll was to be held in April, but it was cancelled on allegations of corruption and charges of bribing voters.

The poll body on Friday announced that the much-awaited by-election to the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in Chennai will be held on December 21. Filing of nominations will begin on November 27 and end on December 4. But, after the Election Commission gave back the symbol to the EPS-OPS faction the dates for bypoll elections were announced by the Election Commission.

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With the three-way split in the Jayalalithaa's legacy, an interesting contest is on the card in RK Nagar, which is traditionally won by the ruling party in Tamil Nadu.

DMK working president M.K. Stalin on Saturday sought to play down the allocation of the "two leaves" symbol to the ruling faction of the AIADMK, saying his party had defeated candidates of the ruling party even when its founder M.G. Ramachandran was alive.

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. Tamil Nadu Congress unit has extended support to the DMK in the bypoll. The bypolls is expected to serve as the acid test for the AIADMK government as the constituency is likely to witness a four-cornered contest with nominees from AIADMK, DMK, BJP and TTV Dhinakaran jumping into the fray.

Soundararajan, however, said the symbol of "Hat" which was given to the T.T.V. Dinakaran faction during the countermanded election should not be allotted to them this time because it is associated with the corrupt practices adopted by Dinakaran earlier.