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.