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RK Nagar seat sees fourth poll preparation

RK Nagar seat sees fourth poll preparation

By-elections to five state Assembly seats, including Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar (RK Nagar) Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, will be held on December 21, the Election Commission announced here on Friday.The other four constituencies are Sikandara (Uttar Pradesh), Pakke-Kasang and Likbali (Arunachal Pradesh) and Sabang (West Bengal).

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.

The election was earlier scheduled for April 12, but was cancelled following allegations that sums of money were distributed in a vote-for-cash scam.

The counting of votes and results would be announced on December 24. The then-OPS faction had named veteran leader Madhusudhanan to fight for them under the name AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Aamma).

J Deepa, niece of Jayalalithaa too, jumped into the electoral fray last time forming MGR Amma Deepa Forum.

"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.

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It would be interesting to see how the opposition parties would face the December 21 bye-election, and whether the DMK would be able to bring together all opposition parties against the ruling AIADMK, which is toeing the lines of the BJP government at the Centre.

Ganesh mother, Parvathi Narayanasamy, was a councillor between 1996 and 2001 when DMK working president MK Stalin was the Mayor of the Chennai Corporation.

He declined to comment on the party's probable candidate to fight the by-election.

The constituency came into prominence after Jayalalithaa made a decision to contest the seat in June 2015 after the Karnataka high court acquitted her in the disproportionate assets case.

The Madras HC on Friday chose to compare former CM J Jayalalithaa's thumb impression on documents relating to a bypoll a year ago, with the late leader's fingerprints available with the Parappana Agrahara jail at Bengaluru.


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