By-polls for Chennai’s RK Nagar Assembly seat has begun now. Today, the Chennai is holding by-elections for RK Nagar assembly seat which is vacant after the death of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa. Since last December, the assembly seat of Chennai’s RK Nagar is vacant. Thus, the AIADMK party has fielded senior leader E Madhusudanan against TTV Dhinakaran and DMK’s Marudhu Ganesh for RK Nagar by-polls. However, the campaigning for the by-polls of RK Nagar was ended on Tuesday after the amid allegations of bribery and circulation of unverified videos of notes distribution.
Yesterday, another controversy sparked before the by-elections of RK Nagar. MLA Vetriel along with supporters of TTV Dinakaran released the video of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa. However, MLA has cleared that this video has nothing to do with by-polls of RK Nagar, he said he has just released it because he wanted to do so. As per the reports, the election commission has refused to postpone the RK Nagar by-election despite further appeals from the opposition DMK by saying that there was no proof. And the countings of the RK Nagar by-polls to be held on 24th December.
The by-elections of RK Nagar is like an important test for the ruling AIADMK party as it the first election of the party after the death of former CM Jayalalithaa. In these elections, 59 candidates are contesting between the ruling AIADMK and its rival faction led by TTV Dhinakaran and the main opposition party DMK. The state election commission has deployed around 2,000 state police personnel, 15 companies of Central Armed Police forces and CRPF across the 256 polling stations for the by-polls. In RK Nagar polls there are around 2,28,234, electorates who are casting votes for the 59 candidates. The polling process of the single assembly constituency, Chennai’s RK Nagar has monitored by nine observers.