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By-election for Jayalalithaa's constituency-R K Nagar on 21 Dec

By-election for Jayalalithaa's constituency-R K Nagar on 21 Dec

The vacancy for the constituency arose after the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Friday announced journalist-turned-politician N Marudhu Ganesh as its candidate for the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar (RK Nagar) Assembly constituency bypoll, which is scheduled to be held on December 21. "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.

The elections for the five state assembly constituencies will be conducted on December 21 and counting of votes will be on December 24.

With the three-way split in the Jayalalithaa's legacy, an interesting contest is on the card in RK Nagar, which is traditionally won by the ruling party in Tamil Nadu.

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The Madras High Court. had, early this week, directed the poll panel to conduct the byelection to the RK Nagar Assembly constituency, lying vacant for almost a year, by December 31. The bypoll schedule also came a day after the Election Commission recognised the faction led by EPS-OPS as the AIADMK and allotted Two Leaves symbol to it.

The poll was cancelled in April amidst strong allegations of a cash for vote scam.

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.

Jayalalithaa's niece J Deepa, who floated her own party MGR Jayalalithaa Deepa Peravai, contested the April 12 bypoll claiming the political legacy of her aunt. "Unlike last time, EC should step in and prevent practices like bribing voters in the initial stage of election", he said. It has to be seen whether she would contest this time.