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R K Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran wins, says 'AIADMK govt will fall in 3 months'

Dhinakaran said the people in R.K. Nagar have reflected the views of the Tamil Nadu's populace

IANS  |  Chennai 

Dhinakaran
TTV Dhinakaran Photo: PTI

Sidelined leader T. T. V.on Sunday won the Radhakrishnan Nagar (R. K. Nagar) assembly constituency here, trouncing his nearest rival E. Madhusudhanan by a margin of 40,707 votes.

Contesting as an Independent candidate, got 89,013 votes as against Madhusudhanan's 48,306 votes. The DMKs' N. Marudhu Ganesh came a poor third securing 24,681 votes.

Supporters of celebrated the victory by dancing, distributing sweets and bursting crackers.

From the start, was in the lead and the gap between him and the rivals kept on widening as the counting progressed.

Earlier in the day, Dhinakaran, speaking to reporters at the Madurai airport, predicted that the government headed by Chief Minister will fall in three months time.

He said the people in R. K. Nagar have reflected the views of the Tamil Nadu's populace.

While 2,373 voters have voted for 'none of the above' (NOTA) option, BJP candidate

has got 1,417 votes and Naam Tamizhar party's Kalaikotudhayam got 3,860 votes.

The R. K. Nagar constituency fell vacant after the death of its sitting member, late Chief Minister J.on December 5, 2016.

The by-poll was held on December 21 and around 1.77 lakh voters exercised their democratic right.

Ironically the defeat of AIADMK's 'Two Leaves' symbol by Dinakaran's "Pressure Cooker" came on the 30th death anniversary of party founder and late Chief Minister

Speaking to reporters here after his victory, said though he was an Independent candidate, AIADMK's party cadres were with him.

Barring and Madhusudhanan, the remaining 57 candidates forfeited their poll deposit failing to secure one-sixth of the total votes polled.

is also the first Independent legislator since 2001 win of M. Appavu from Radhapuram constituency.

The by-poll is considered an acid test for the ruling AIADMK, as it underwent a split and then a patch-up, with Deputy Chief Minister going out of the party and then rejoining it.

In the meantime, Dhinakaran, who was the party's Deputy General Secretary, and his jailed aunt were sidelined forcing the former to contest as an Independent.

Meanwhile, leaders of several parties have termed Dhinakaran's victory as the victory of cash play.

M. K. Stalin, in a statement, said the party's defeat in the by-poll is actually a Himalayan defeat for the Election Commission, claiming it or police did not do anything to ensure that the poll was held in a free and fair manner.

He said the remained silent when voters were bribed even when the polling was under progress.

First Published: Mon, December 25 2017. 08:46 IST
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