RK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran wins by a margin of 40707 votes

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Rival AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran gets 20,298 votes, AIADMK's E Madhusudanan 9,672 and DMK's N Maruthu Ganesh 5032 at the end of fourth round of counting of votes at RK Nagar bypoll. The seat of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa went to polls on Thursday with a record 77 percent voter turnout. BJP candidate Karu Nagaraj could secure only 1,417 votes which fell short of the 2,373 votes bagged by NOTA. Speaking to reporters, Dinakaran declared his victory in RK Nagar as a prelude to the forthcoming political change in the state. AIADMK has sidelined the 54-year-old candidate 3 months back and his victory came as a huge shock to current party members. He condemned the police's "high-handedness" at the counting centre as he claimed that they behaved like AIADMK's 'booth agents.' "Tamil Nadu people have spoken through RK Nagar voters".

As the counting progressed, supporters of AIADMK and TTV Dhinakaran clashed inside counting hall leading to violence, media reports said. On the symbol issue, with the Election Commission awarding it recently to the Palaniswami-led camp, Dhinakaran said only a candidate determines the symbol.

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After pulling ahead of Madhusudanan and others in the bypoll, a defiant Dinakaran said: "We are the true AIADMK".

The RK Nagar seat had fallen vacant after demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Dec past year. While Dinakaran contested as an Independent candidate, the EPS-OPS faction had fielded Madhusudhanan.