December 21: Byelection to Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar seat

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Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa's constituency RK Nagar will vote on December 21 to choose a new representative, the Election Commission has said.

After losing the symbol, TTV Dinakaran, nephew of jailed VK Sasikala, announced that he would contest the RK Nagar bypoll as his faction enjoy the support of the cadre.

Notification for the bypoll will be on November 27. She re-contested the seat during the state assembly polls in May 2016 but her demise by the yearend left the seat vacant and the by-poll to be held in April this year was subsequently cancelled by the Election Commission. "It is not a coincidence that the symbol is allotted to them just 24 hours before the announcement of the date for the bye-elections to RK Nagar", he said, adding it was necessary to send home the incumber regime for the welfare of the people and the state. Out of 120 videos we received through WhatsApp, 100 are against T T V Dinakaran of AIADMK (Amma) and 20 are against the DMK candidate.

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

The EC had yesterday announced that the R K Nagar bypoll would be held on December 21.

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The RK Nagar constituency is considered to be a stronghold of the ruling party as it had returned seven AIADMK candidates in 11 elections.

DMK working president M.K. Stalin on Saturday sought to play down the allocation of the "two leaves" symbol to the ruling faction of the AIADMK, saying his party had defeated candidates of the ruling party even when its founder M.G. Ramachandran was alive.

The poll was cancelled in April amidst strong allegations of a cash for vote scam. Also in the fray was Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa's niece, as an independent candidate.

Thirunavvukkarasar said Congress will support the DMK in the by-election. "Unlike last time, EC should step in and prevent practices like bribing voters in the initial stage of election", he said.

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