December 21: Byelection to Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar seat

December 21: Byelection to Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar seat

December 21: Byelection to Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar seat

Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi (KMDK) on Friday urged the Election Commission to spell out its strategy to prevent cash distribution to the voters during the by poll for RK Nagar Assembly constituency in Chennai on December 21.

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 seat of RK Nagar is vacant following the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in December 2016, who represented it for two terms.

The bypoll was to be held in April, but it was cancelled on allegations of corruption and charges of bribing voters. The then-OPS faction had named veteran leader Madhusudhanan to fight for them under the name AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Aamma).

The elections for the five state assembly constituencies will be conducted on December 21 and counting of votes will be on December 24.

J Deepa, niece of Jayalalithaa too, jumped into the electoral fray last time forming MGR Amma Deepa Forum.

Chennai's RK Nagar, or Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar, was the late Jayalalithaa's constituency.

DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan announced Ganesh's candidature in a party release.

The RK Nagar constituency is considered to be a stronghold of the ruling party as it had returned seven AIADMK candidates in 11 elections.

The Madras HC on Friday made a decision to compare former CM J Jayalalithaa's thumb impression on documents relating to a bypoll past year, with the late leader's fingerprints available with the Parappana Agrahara jail at Bengaluru.

When asked whether he thought the byelection would be held in a free and fair manner, Mr. Stalin, noting that the DMK had approached the court in the recent past, said, "Now, we will face it [the byelection] in a democratic manner, and the DMK will win it with the support of its allies". The matter relates to a DMK petition that an AIADMK MLA had obtained it when she was in an unconscious state.

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