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

DMK Working President MK Stalin announces that Marudhu Ganesh is his partys candidate for the RK Nagar by-poll

DMK Working President MK Stalin announces that Marudhu Ganesh is his partys candidate for the RK Nagar by-poll

Chennai: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday announced that the by-election for Tamil Nadu's Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency will be held on December 21. "We are not unduly anxious about the allocation of the symbol to the EPS-OPS [Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam] faction", he told reporters after introducing his party's candidate for the upcoming R.K. Nagar byelection, Marudhu Ganesh.

According to the EC, the last date for filing of nomination is December 4, the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 7 and counting of votes will be on December 24.

The bypoll in R.K. Nagar was necessitated by the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha in December past year. She re-contested the seat during the state assembly polls in May 2016 but her demise by the yearend left the seat vacant and the by-poll to be held in April this year was subsequently cancelled by the Election Commission. Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar while hearing the petition on November 21 said that the order was not required as the Election Commission had already removed 45,819 voters from the electoral role, and ordered the EC to conduct elections before December 31, reported The Business Line. 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.

RK Nagar Assembly constituency fell vacant following the demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa previous year. DMK fielded Ganesh as he was known in the constituency.

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He declined to comment on the party's probable candidate to fight the by-election. The bypoll schedule also came a day after the Election Commission recognised the faction led by EPS-OPS as the AIADMK and allotted Two Leaves symbol to it.

Thirunavvukkarasar said Congress will support the DMK in the by-election.

"Since earlier by election was deferred following cash distribution, the Commission should take concrete steps to prevent recurrence of such malpractices, KMDK General Secretary", E.R. Eswaran said.

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