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

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS - BIJOY GHOSH

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.

In­ter­nal strife

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

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