TTV 'secret pact' led to failure, claims AIADMK

Trevor Jackson
December 25, 2017

To achieve this, it had joined hands with Mr. Dhinakaran and diverted its vote share to him, the statement claimed. Presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan won 48,306 votes, finishing ahead of DMK candidate Marudhu Ganesh - who got only 24,651. All the other candidates including the DMK's N Marudhuganesh forfeited their deposits. Polling for the seat was held on December 21.

RK Nagar, represented twice by Jayalalithaa, has an electorate of 2,28,234, comprising 1,10,903 men, 1,17,232 women and 99 transgender people.

Reports from Tamil Nadu indicating that many MPs, MLAs from official camp were approaching Dinakaran after the RK Nagar poll victory.

The Election Commission of India, shortly before the bypoll, had awarded the symbol to AIADMK veteran leader Madhusudanan, a member of the ruling faction.

Counting of votes began sharp at 8 am at Queen Mary's college in Chennai. He condemned the police's "high-handedness" at the counting centre as he claimed that they behaved like AIADMK's 'booth agents.' "Tamil Nadu people have spoken through RK Nagar voters".

Since the ruling faction of the AIADMK, led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, on April 17 declared that the Sasikala clan would be kept away from the affairs of the party and government, Dhinakaran built his own faction within the party. "It is whom the cadre backs that isimportant". "Will the people vote if it is handed over to MN Nambiar and PS Veerappa", he asked, amidst chuckles from his supporters.

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Now the NDA government enjoys the support of 13 MPs from AIADMK and other parties such as JD (U), TRS and YSR Congress, which is crucial for the ruling front to push contentious bills.

The bypoll in the Assembly constituency was necessitated following the death of J Jayalalithaa in December last.

The RK Nagar constituency went to polls on December 21, necessitated by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December a year ago.

The rival leader's tally stood at 15,868, while AIADMK's E Madhusudanan bagged 7033 votes, and main Opposition DMK's N Marudhuganesh got 3,691 votes at the end of third round.

In the 2016 Assembly polls, the then AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had secured 97,218 votes which was nearly 58% of the total votes polled.

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