The bypoll in R.K. Nagar was necessitated by the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha in December a year ago. Bypoll in RK Nagar previously scheduled for April 12, 2017, was cancelled by the EC following a report by the income tax department that documents seized during searches at the premises of an accountant of health minister C. Vijayabhaskar showed that Rs 89 crore was channeled to RK Nagar through party functionaries.
An announcement came from the Election Commission that bypoll elections to five state assembly constituencies including Tamil Nadu's RK Nagar constituency will be conducted on December 21. While filing of nominations will begin on November 27 and go on till December 4, scrutiny will be held on December 5 and last date for withdrawal of nominations would be December 7, the EC said.
While Dhinakaran announced his candidature for the December 21 bypoll yesterday, the EPS-OPS faction of the AIADMK and the BJP are yet to declare the names of their nominees.
Dalit party VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan said that even if there is no formal alliance between the BJP and AIADMK ruling faction, it is evident that they are working together.
Asked about Chief Minister K. Palaniswami claiming big victory after the allotment of the "Two Leaves" symbol to his faction, Stalin said "We have faced Two Leaves in the past and have won elections and come to power in the past".
The Tamil Nadu BJP Chief Tamilisai Soundararajan said a decision to contest or not will be taken after consultations within the party. DMK fielded Ganesh as he was known in the constituency. Also in the fray was Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa's niece, as an independent candidate.
The constituency came into prominence after Jayalalithaa made a decision to contest the seat in June 2015 after the Karnataka high court acquitted her in the disproportionate assets case.