Five-cornered contest to fill up Amma’s seat
RK Nagar assembly seat in North Chennai, vacant following the death of late Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, is set to witness a five-cornered contest in the byelection on April 12
AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran and O Panneerselvam-led rebel group's senior leader E Madhusudhanan on Thursday filed their nominations for the RK Nagar assembly constituency bypoll on April 12.
With the Election Commission freezing the party's 'two leaves' election symbol and barring both groups from using the party name AIADMK after they staked claim to it, Dinakaran and Madhusudhanan will be contesting the bypoll on 'hat' and 'electric pole' symbols respectively.
The bypoll is being held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and today was the last day for the filing of nominations.
After filing his papers here, Dinakaran assured that if elected he would continue the development schemes pursued by the late party supremo in the Tamil Nadu Assembly constituency in north Chennai.
Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa also filed her nomination for the bypoll representing 'MGR Amma Deepa Peravai', floated by her after the demise of her aunt. BJP nominee and noted music director Gangai Amaran also filed his nomination today. Opposition DMK's Maruthu Ganesh has already filed his papers.
Flanked by party supporters wearing 'hats', Dinakaran, nephew of AIADMK interim general secretary VK Sasikala, filed his nomination for the bypoll, seen as a litmus test for both Sasikala and Panneerselvam camps.
While the Sasikala group will contest the poll under the name—'AIADMK Aamma' the rival camp will be known as 'AIADMK (Puratchithalaivi Amma)'.
Madhusudhanan claimed that people wanted rule of O Panneerselvam in the state as he had been working for their welfare.
"My victory prospects in this election are bright... We are firm in our objective—it is to fight against family rule in the AIADMK," he told reporters after filing his papers.
Dinakaran, a former MP, said the party symbol had been frozen due to a "conspiracy" and exuded confidence that he would win by a large margin of votes. Madhusudhanan noted that the AIADMK was formed by late MG Ramachandran to fight "family rule" (of M Karunanidhi in DMK) and it was then "taken care of by Amma (Jayalalithaa)". "Amma did not favour any family rule in the party. She reinstated Sasikala only as an assistant...even Amma did not reinstate AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran or even Sudhakaran into the party," he said.