RK Nagar By-Election Result 2017: Losing the high-profile RK Nagar assembly constituency, would be considered a setback for the E Palaniswami-led AIADMK and will send a message that he and his deputy O Panneerselvam might not be in complete control after the split from the Sasikala-Dhinakaran camp. The AIADMK has fielded senior leader E Madhusudanan,
LIVE HIGHLIGHTS: TTV Dinakaran has declared himself as the “true political heir” of the late J Jayalalithaa after zooming ahead in the by-election to RK Nagar assembly seat in Tamil Nadu. Thanking voters, the sidelined AIADMK leader has vowed to bring down the EPS-OPS government in the state “within three months”.
The poll was primarily a contest between Dinakaran and the merged faction of chief minister E Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam, with the result deciding the battle for Jayalalithaa’s legacy. While Dinakaran contested as an Independent candidate, the EPS-OPS faction had fielded Madhusudhanan. The DMK, too, tried to make it a triangular contest, fielding N Maruthu Ganesh. The poll was first scheduled to be held in April this year but was cancelled due to complaints of large-scale voter bribery. This round of voting was also not devoid of controversy.
- TTV Dinakaran (Independent): 64,627
- E Madhusudhanan (AIADMK): 33,446
- N Maruthu Ganesh (DMK): 17,111