Tamil Nadu: EC cancels RK Nagar bypoll amid allegations of ‘payoffs to voters’

The seat, which fell vacant following the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, was scheduled to go on polls on April 12.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 10, 2017 1:17 am
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The Election Commission on Sunday cancelled the upcoming by-elections in Chennai’s RK Nagar constituency, a day after income tax officials claimed that they have unearthed evidence of bribery from the region, according to news agency PTI.

On Saturday, the tax officials had claimed that their raids on 35 premises belonging to Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar in Chennai and other parts of the state have allegedly revealed payoffs amounting to Rs 89.65 crore by the AIADMK (Amma) faction to voters of R K Nagar constituency.

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The seat, which fell vacant following the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, was scheduled to go on polls on April 12.

Earlier in the day, a clash had broken out between rival supporters of O Panneerselvam and TTV Dinakaran at RK Nagar, injuring one person. However, the situation was brought was under control immediately.

More details awaited

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