EPS govt's popularity at test in Dec 21 RK Nagar bypoll

26 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Greg Santos
  • Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni

The vacancy for the constituency arose following the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 5 a year ago.

Election previously scheduled for April 12, 2017 was subsequently cancelled by the EC following allegations of bribing of voters. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra (AIADMK) who had earlier won the seat seven out of 11 times in the last 40 years will this time face their opposition in two factions.

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). "We are not unduly anxious about the allocation of the symbol to the EPS-OPS [Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam] faction", he told reporters after introducing his party's candidate for the upcoming R.K. Nagar byelection, Marudhu Ganesh.

"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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The party also asserted that it was not anxious about the "Two Leaves" going to the ruling AIADMK faction. While filing of nominations will begin on November 27 and go on till December 4, scrutiny will be held on December 5 and last date for withdrawal of nominations would be December 7, the EC said.

He declined to comment on the party's probable candidate to fight the by-election. Tamil Nadu Congress unit has extended support to the DMK in the bypoll.

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. 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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