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

26 November, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi (KMDK) on Friday urged the Election Commission to spell out its strategy to prevent cash distribution to the voters during the by poll for RK Nagar Assembly constituency in Chennai on December 21.

The EC's announcement comes a day after it awarded the popular "two leaves" symbol to the ruling faction of AIADMK headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

Ganesh, who was the party candidate in the April by-election that was later countermanded, will be fielded again in the December 21 bypoll, DMK Working President M.K. Stalin announced, quoting a statement of General Secretary K. Anbazhagan.

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".

"The inconvenience caused was due to the greed of one man called TTV Dhinakaran (leader of AIADMK - Amma faction)".




"We will win the bypoll with huge margin and prove that we are truly the successors of late Chief Minister and party leader J Jayalalithaa", former MP and spokesperson K C Palaniswamy told IANS. The DMK meanwhile had named Marudhi Ganesh as their candidate, and the BJP named composer Gangai Amaran to fight for them.

The RK Nagar constituency is considered to be a stronghold of the ruling party as it had returned seven AIADMK candidates in 11 elections. The Election Commission gave back the two-leaves symbol to EPS-OPS faction on November 23.

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.

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

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