RK Nagar bypoll: Actor Vishal, Jayalalithaa’s niece’s nomination papers rejected by Election Commission

The poll watchdog rejected Deepa's nomination citing discrepancies in her form.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 5, 2017 7:50 pm
EC rejects Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar's nomination for RK Nagar bypoll The RK Nagar by-election was necessitated after the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.

The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar’s nomination from Chennai’s R K Nagar after several discrepancies were found in her form, reported ANI. Actor Vishal’s nomination was also rejected by the poll watchdog for the same reason, following which he resorted to dharna. Speaking to news agency ANI, Jayakumar said: “There is a column where we talk about inheritance of property and I have mentioned that. It’s not mandatory. That’s not a reason enough to reject this application. All other information I have provided are perfect.”

An official told PTI: “Both their nominations have been rejected. We will get full details later…it is a quasi-judicial process.”

This development comes hours after Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) filed a caveat in the Delhi High Court over direction about ‘hat’ election symbol. Panneerselvam, in his application, asked the court not to pass any order in any plea filed by rebel AIADMK faction’s TTV Dinakaran without hearing both the parties, ANI reported.

The High Court had on Monday dismissed the interim plea of Dinakaran to get ‘hat’ symbol allotted for RK Nagar bypoll. Also Read: Actor Vishal sits on dharna after EC rejects his nomination

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government today said December 21 will be declared as a ‘public holiday’ for the bypoll-bound Radhakrishnan Nagar (R K Nagar). A Public (Miscellaneous) Department order said a notification will be published in the state government gazette in this regard.

The RK Nagar by-election was necessitated after the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year. Filing of nominations ended on December 4 and the counting is on December 24. EVMs along with VVPAT will be used in the bypoll. The bypoll was to be held in April, but it was cancelled amid allegations of corruption and charges of bribing voters.

Following the death of the Jayalalithaa, multiple factions of the party emerged, staking claim to her legacy. The polls are a test for the recently unified ruling AIADMK faction, as the seat has been with the party since 2011. In the meantime, the bypoll will also be a test for Dinakaran, who is trying to retain hold of members of the party loyal to Sasikala.

Meanwhile, for AIADMK, its presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan will be the party’s candidate for Radhakrishnan Nagar bypoll in Chennai. Madhusudhanan is a senior leader in the O Panneerselvam camp. He was reportedly lobbying strongly against the choices of Palaniswami and his ministers for the RK Nagar seat.

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  1. Bharati Ronald
    Dec 5, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    EC is acting on the behest of BJP's dictates. In fact, they were evaluating to disqualify T V Dinakaran too.
    1. Mahender Goriganti
      Dec 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm
      If they invoked anti goonda act clauses there would have been none left to contest this or any election.
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        Arun K. Ram
        Dec 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm
        There goes the credibility of the Election Commission...Its lately becoming clear that every ins ution in India is corrupt...this country will never improve and its people will ensure that we always remain in the dumpster.
        1. Monk Room
          Dec 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm
          Very mischievous by the Election Commission. Vishal should go to court. Have you heard the EC rejecting any candidature of a major political party?
          1. S
            Dec 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm
            its vishal not vijay....
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