Finally, Independent Candidate T.T.V. Dhinakaran Won the Seat of RK Nagar

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:09 GMT, Dec 24, 2017 |

The result of the by-election for Chennai’s RK Nagar assembly constituency, which fell vacant after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa last December, were declared today.

Independent candidate TTV Dhinakaran, who was sidelined from the AIADMK by the EPS and OPS faction, won the prestigious and much-sought-after RK Nagar assembly seat. TTV Dhinakaran was evicted from the AIADMK along with VK Sasikala following a deal between AIADMK’s factions led by E Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, as they merged in August.

Mr Dhinakaran and Ms Sasikala have challenged that decision and claim to lead the real AIADMK, though their support within the party is dwindling. Even the Election Commission awarded the AIADMK’s ‘two-leaves’ party symbol to EPS and OPS, calling them the real AIADMK, but the Sasikala-Dhinakaran camp have stood their ground.

 Claiming victory after the initial rounds of counting, Mr Dhinakaran, who took a virtually unassailable lead of over 40,000 votes, said: “We are the real AIADMK. People of RK Nagar have voted Amma’s successor.” He went on to say that his projected win in the RK Nagar bypoll was “the best gift to party founder MGR and Amma (Jayalalithaa).

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