Dhinakaran stuns AIADMK, wins RK Nagar Assembly bypoll


Dhinakaran has claimed Amma's RK Nagar seat as per by-election results by more than 40,000 votes.

A meeting of the AIADMK leaders chaired by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who is also the convener of the coordinating committee overseeing the party administration, made a decision to remove P Vetrivel, MG Pathiban, M Rengasamy and Thangatamil Selvan from the official posts held by them. Dhinakaran on Sunday won the RK Nagar by-polls by a margin of 40,707 votes defeating AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan, DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh and BJP's Karu Nagarajan. While Political pundits are seeing TTV as a crucial leader in state after this phenomenal victory, the opposition leaders do not consider him to be major roadblock in coming general polls. Two leaves symbol was a victory symbol when it was with amma.

The result of the by-election for Chennai's RK Nagar constituency, which fell vacant after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa last December, was announced on Sunday. This government will not be here for two more months.

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The RK Nagar seat has been lying vacant since the death of Jayalalithaa in December past year after a previous by-poll was cancelled on allegations of buying of votes.

Addressing reporters here after a Dhinakaran loyalist's house was attacked in Rathinapuri, he said that more and more ruling party MLAs and MPs would throw their weight behind Mr. Dhinakaran, as they had realised, as did party cadre across the State, that he was the only one who could save the AIADMK which, at present, was a sinking ship. N Maruthu Ganesh of DMK gets 20,388 votes.

A day after suffering a massive defeat in Radhakrishnan Nagar (R.K.Nagar) bypoll, Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK on Monday removed six party officials and supporters of sidelined leader T.T.V.Dinakaran, who had contested and won the seat as an Independent. 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".