RK Nagar bypoll on December 21

By-election to RK Nagar four other Assembly seats on Dec 21

Assembly bye-election are going to be held in various parts of the country on December 21, including RK Nagar in Tamil Nadu, Sikandra in Uttar Pradesh, Sabang in West Bengal, and Pakke-Kasang and Likabali in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the EC to conduct by-poll before December 31.

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. Scrutiny will take place on December 5 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is December 7.

Ilangairajan summed up the mood of many residents of the constituency, represented by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Earlier the by-poll in the area was scheduled to be held on April 12 but it was cancelled after the EC received reports that the voters are allegedly being bribed by political leaders.

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It is yet unclear if the VK Sasikala faction of the AIADMK led by TTV Dhinakaran will contest the by-election.

Sources said the party had made a decision to contest this election and the party's top brass in Delhi would be announcing the candidate within a few days.

The united AIADMK - the Palaniswami-Panneerselvam combine, which recently won the right to use the two leaves symbol - will field Madhusudhanan. Apart from these two leaders, loyalists identify with little other than the "two leaves".

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.

"Our candidate is in the fray with the support of our allies". Both factions had named candidates.

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