With large number of candidate rejections, there’s no shortage of drama in RK Nagar
Do-or-die battle for AIADMK, DMK as well as Dhinakaran
There are 59 contestants for the Assembly seat in the bypolls for RK Nagar constituency to be held on December 21.
According to the official list, 145 filed their nomination papers; 73 nominations were rejected for various reasons, 72 were accepted and 13 withdrew their nominations.
In the last couple of days a buzz was created with the Returning Officer K Velusamy rejecting the nomination of actor Vishal Krishna. He had announced his decision to contest the elections last weekend.
However, his nomination
Actor Vishal addresses mediapersons in Chennai on Thursday
papers were rejected on Wednesday. The Returning Officer stated that two of the 10 persons proposing his name backed out stating their names were used without their knowledge. They denied signing the forms as well. However, Vishal maintains that they had done so under duress.
Today, Vishal told media persons that he would take up the issue with the Election Commission of India and the President. “Democracy has hit a low of low,” he said, if an independent candidate like himself is prevented from contesting the elections.
Another high profile applicant whose nomination papers were rejected was J Deepa, niece of the former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Her papers were rejected on the grounds of deficiencies in filling out the forms.
TTV Dhinakaran, who was earlier the AIADMK candidate when the by-poll was originally scheduled for April 12, is now an independent candidate. He was then the Deputy General Secretary of the party but has been edged out in the internal strife in the ruling party. The previous poll was rescinded by the authorities following allegations of rampant bribing for voters.
A crucial contest
For the AIADMK, which is fielding its Presidium Chairman, 75-year-old, E Madhusudhanan, it is a crucial contest.
It is coming out from the throes of a bitter internal strife for power and has to establish its credibility.
For the DMK, the main opposition, which is fielding Marudhu Ganesh, a local party worker, winning this bypoll would mean that it asserts its claims that the ruling party in no longer in favour among the voters.
It has garnered wide support among the opposition including the Congress, Vaiko-led MDMK and the CPI and CPI(M).
Up in arms