DMK announces candidate for RK Nagar by

Oscar Cross
November 26, 2017

Chennai: By-election to the RK Nagar (Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar) Assembly constituency, left vacant following the death of AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, would be held on December 21, the Election Commission of India announced on Friday.

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. After contesting alone in the cancelled April 12 bypoll, CPM has moved closer to the DMK with the unified AIADMK inclining towards the BJP and it would decide on its stand on the party's state committee to be held on November 30. Last date for filing nominations will be December 4.

However, it was subsequently canceled by the Election Commission (EC) over allegations of bribing voters. Counting is on December 24.

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.

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

RK Nagar Assembly constituency fell vacant following the demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa a year ago.

The commission on Thursday restored the AIADMK's two-leaves symbol and name to the ruling faction led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, almost seven months after the symbol was frozen following a factional feud in the AIADMK.

DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan announced Ganesh's candidature in a party release. Tamil Nadu Congress unit has extended support to the DMK in the bypoll. The BJP had fielded well-known Tamil music composer Gangai Amaran in the countermanded 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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