By-election to RK Nagar, four other Assembly seats on Dec 21


Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa's constituency RK Nagar will vote on December 21 to choose a new representative, the Election Commission has said. According to the Income Tax Department, the V Sasikala faction of AIADMK - which was contesting the election with TTV Dinakaran as their candidate - had allegedly paid around Rs 90 crore to gain support from voters.

The schedule drawn up by the EC stated that filing of nominations could begin on Monday, the day in which a notification would be issued on the gazettes of the respective State governments.

The EC on Friday declared the dates for the by-election to R K Nagar seat, which fell vacant following the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5 a year ago.

Earlier, the poll panel had chose to hold bypoll to the constituency on April 12 but it was later cancelled in the wake of allegations of "cash-for-votes". Counting is on December 24.

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RK Nagar Assembly constituency fell vacant following the demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa previous year.

The Madras High Court had directed the poll body to hold the bypoll to the Radhakrishnan Nagar seat before December 31.

He declined to comment on the party's probable candidate to fight the by-election. The unified AIADMK's presidium chairman E Madhusudanan, who was the candidate of the Panneerselvam camp when earlier scheduled on April 12, has expressed his willingness to contest again. Bypoll to RK Nagar was cancelled due to allegations of large-scale cash distribution to voters.

J Deepa, niece of Jayalalithaa too, jumped into the electoral fray last time forming MGR Amma Deepa Forum. "We will appeal to other parties as well to extend their support to our nominee", DMK working president M K Stalin told reporters at the party headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, here. "Unlike last time, EC should step in and prevent practices like bribing voters in the initial stage of election", he said.