TTV Dhinakaran Claims Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar Seat

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Madhusudhanan polled 48,306 votes.

All the nine leaders/office-bearers had worked tirelessly for the success of TTV Dhinakaran, the rebel AIADMK leader, who humbled the official candidate of the party E Madhusudanan by a margin of 40,707 votes. The fact that the BJP got less number of votes than NOTA reflects total rejection of the national party which was seen to be indulging in backseat driving to control the affairs of the AIADMK and its government, a formulation unacceptable for Tamil Nadu voters.

They cited Dhinakaran's response to the acquittal of DMK leaders Kanimozhi and A Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation case on 21 December, that he was happy for them as they hailed from Tamilnadu.

V Divakaran, brother of the jailed VK Sasikala told reporters at Mannargudi that the RK Nagar result would be a turning point in Tamil Nadu's political history.

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Now the NDA government enjoys the support of 13 MPs from AIADMK and other parties such as JD (U), TRS and YSR Congress, which is crucial for the ruling front to push contentious bills. On the symbol issue, with the Election Commission awarding it recently to the Palaniswami-led camp, Dhinakaran said only a candidate determines the symbol. "It is whom the cadre backs that isimportant". The seat was earlier represented by the former Chief Minister of Chennai J Jayalalithaa. "We are the true AIADMK". The AIADMK, at a high-level meeting chaired by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam at the party headquarters, also warned of action against more "betrayers" for letting down the party. The outcome byelection, necessitated by Jayalalithaa's death on December 5, 2016, was expected to give a few political pointers, coming as it did in the wake of leadership turmoil in AIADMK.

The bypoll was held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of sitting member and then chief minister Jayalalithaa on December 5 a year ago and DMK had hoped for a win for it.

"People are amazed how the DMK is pushed to a situation where it could not even get the primary votes it has in R K Nagar".

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