December 21: Byelection to Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar seat

  • December 21: Byelection to Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar seat

December 21: Byelection to Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar seat

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 previous year.

Though the bypoll was scheduled for April 12, it was countermanded following reports of attempted voter bribing by a candidate.

Just a day after "the two leaves symbol" was allotted to unified AIADMK, election Commission has announced the date for By-poll to Dr Radha Krishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu. 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 last day to file nomination is December 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is December 7.

Ilangairajan summed up the mood of many residents of the constituency, represented by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Asked about Chief Minister K. Palaniswami claiming big victory after the allotment of the "Two Leaves" symbol to his faction, Stalin said "We have faced Two Leaves in the past and have won elections and come to power in the past".

The poll was cancelled in April amidst strong allegations of a cash for vote scam.

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

J Deepa, niece of Jayalalithaa too, jumped into the electoral fray last time forming MGR Amma Deepa Forum. The DMK meanwhile had named Marudhi Ganesh as their candidate, and the BJP named composer Gangai Amaran to fight for them. 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. "We hope at least this time the elections will have results and the people of the constituency will have someone to go to with their problems", said entrepreneur Indrajit Ilangairajan.