By-election for Jayalalithaa's constituency-R K Nagar on 21 Dec

Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran had announced he would contest from RK Nagar. But he has been sidelined by E Palaniswami and O Pannerselvam

Chennai: The DMK today named N Marudu Ganesh as its candidate for the December 21 bypoll to the Dr Radha Krishnan Nagar assembly constituency here, which fell vacant after the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Four more Assembly constituencies in three States - Uttar Pradesh (Sikandra constituency), Arunachal Pradesh (Pakke-Kasang and Likbali) and West Bengal (Sabang) would also be held on the same day. The last day to file nomination is December 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is December 7.

The vacancy for the constituency arose following the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 5 past year. It would be chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

Election previously scheduled for April 12, 2017 was subsequently cancelled by the EC following allegations of bribing of voters.

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He declined to comment on the party's probable candidate to fight the by-election. According to the Income Tax Department, the V Sasikala faction of AIADMK - which was contesting the election with TTV Dinakaran as their candidate - had allegedly paid around Rs 90 crore to gain support from voters.

However, if there's one development that had worsened the crisis within the party it was the Election Commission of India's decision to freeze the AIADMK's "two leaves" party symbol over which rival factions claimed propriety over.

Speaking to television channels on the by-election to Radhakrishnan Nagar, Tamil Nadu Congress Chief S Thirunavukkarasar said it will be a major test for the ruling AIADMK.

Last time, BJP had fielded music director Gangai Amaran as its candidate. It has to be seen whether she would contest this time.

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