‘Pressure cooker’ for Dhinakaran
59 candidates are in the fray for R.K. Nagar byelection
Dissident AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran, who is contesting the bypoll for the R.K. Nagar constituency as an independent candidate, was on Thursday denied the ‘hat’ symbol which he was allotted earlier this year. Instead, he was allotted the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol from the list of free symbols maintained by the Election Commission.
At the end of the last date for withdrawal of nominations, Returning Officer K. Velusamy declared that 59 candidates were in the fray after 13 independent candidates opted out of the race. AIADMK presidium chairman E. Madhusudanan, DMK’s Marudu Ganesh, Mr. Dhinakaran and BJP’s Karu Nagarajan are among the prominent faces trying their luck from the constituency.
Ready to roll: T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by his supporters in Chennai on Thursday.