Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran to contest RK Nagar bypoll: AIADMK

In the 2016 election, Jayalalithaa had contested from RK Nagar and went on to defeat the DMK candidate Shimla Muthuchozhan by nearly 40,000 votes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2017 10:56 am
RK nagar, radhakrishnan nagar, RK nagar bypoll, TTV dinakaran, AIADMK, dinakaran bypoll, RK nagar by election, Panneerselvam, DMK, sasikala, jayalalithaa V K Sasikala’s nephew T T V Dinakaran at Jayalalithaa’s memorial as Chief Minister E Palaniswami (extreme left) looks on, at Marina beach in Chennai on Thursday. (Source: PTI Photo)

TTV Dinakaran, the deputy general secretary of AIADMK and nephew of VK Sasikala, will contest the bypoll from RK Nagar, the AIADMK announced Wednesday. The constituency fell vacant after the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year. Dinakaran has been leading the party in the absence of jailed interim general secretary Sasikala, imprisoned in the Disproportionate Assets case. The bypoll is scheduled for April 12.

The Indian Express had reported that the ruling party faces dissension within its ranks and that Dinakaran’s candidature in the bypoll in the prestigious seat could be suicidal. The DMK feels confident of its chances in the seat.

On the other hand, the O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK might field party’s former presidium chairman Madhusudanan in the fray. There are also reports that the OPS faction has gone to the Election Commission to seek claim for the ‘two leaves’ symbol of the party. Jayalalithaa’s niece has also started campaigning in the seat and might offer support for the OPS faction.

In the 2016 election, Jayalalithaa had contested from RK Nagar and went on to defeat the DMK candidate Shimla Muthuchozhan by nearly 40,000 votes. The late chief minister had also won a bypoll in the seat in 2015.

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  1. Arun Murthy
    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:44 am
    Future of TN is in the hands of RK Nagar residents. They must vote to defeat this man.
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      Florence Raju
      Mar 15, 2017 at 9:41 am
      If elections are going to be held honestly and fairly without any money involved and no rigging , then may be it can take place, otherwise it all a waste of time and money. The money can be used truly to help the poor and maginlised. TN is facing water crisis now and so much political drama is going on which looks never ending and only President's rule may help with early elections. True, only God must have mercy on TN and save it from these money minded and power savagers. Let us not lose hope in the 'power' higher than us that can put in place all this that is happening.
      1. H
        Mar 15, 2017 at 8:27 am
        He is candidate for CM
        1. I
          Mar 15, 2017 at 9:35 am
          Money power clubbed with arrogance is running Indian democracy so what good can we expect from legislature, executive and judiciary. Everything is possible in India. Illogically we are so proud of our leaders.
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            AJ Raman
            Mar 15, 2017 at 8:40 am
            Mannargudi camp stamping their authority on party and govt. He declared himself to be a foreign citizen in defending a case under FERA, FEMA etc etc and how is being allowed to contest TN Elections if it is true that he is a foreign citizen as claimed by himself.. This is Indian Democracy anything is possible..
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