DMK Announces N Marudhu Ganesh as its Candidate For RK Nagar Bypoll

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Last date for filing nominations will be December 4. Bypoll in RK Nagar previously scheduled for April 12, 2017, was cancelled by the EC following a report by the income tax department that documents seized during searches at the premises of an accountant of health minister C. Vijayabhaskar showed that Rs 89 crore was channeled to RK Nagar through party functionaries.

Much-awaited by-elections to the prestigious R K Nagar Assembly constituency, which fell vacant after the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, will be held on December 21, the Election Commission announced on Friday.

Dalit party VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan said that even if there is no formal alliance between the BJP and AIADMK ruling faction, it is evident that they are working together. 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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Speaking to television channels on the by-election to Radhakrishnan Nagar, Tamil Nadu Congress Chief S Thirunavukkarasar said it will be a major test for the ruling AIADMK. Bypoll to RK Nagar was cancelled due to allegations of large-scale cash distribution to voters. Also in the fray was Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa's niece, as an independent candidate.

The faction headed by the then rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam had fielded senior leader E Madusudanan and the BJP named veteran Tamil film music director Gangai Amaran as its candidate.

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". It has to be seen whether she would contest this time. "Unlike last time, EC should step in and prevent practices like bribing voters in the initial stage of election", he said.