RK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran continues to lead in second round
Sidelined AIADMK leader and independent candidate T T V Dhinakaran continued to lead in the second round of counting of votes in the R K Nagar
Chennai: Sidelined AIADMK leader and independent candidate T T V Dhinakaran continued to lead in the second round of counting of votes in the R K Nagar bypoll.
As per the Election Commission, Dhinakaran is leading with 5082 votes, followed by AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan (1783), and DMK's N Marudhu Ganesh (1142) in the third.
The first round of counting registered a similar trend, with Dhinakaran leading the race followed by AIADMK and DMK.
The counting was halted for about 15 minutes after a clash erupted between supporters of AIADMK and Dhinakaran outside Queen Mary's college.
Dhinakaran, who lost the AIADMK symbol to the EPS-OPS faction, chose to contest the election as an independent candidate and was allotted a 'pressure cooker' symbol for the same.
Key candidates in the fray are E Madhusudhanan from AIADMK, sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran, who is contesting as an independent, N Maruthu Ganesh from DMK, and Karu Nagarajan from BJP.
The RK Nagar constituency went to polls on December 21, necessitated by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year.
The election is speculated to be a litmus test for the leadership of O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami who took over the reins of AIADMK after her.
The election was earlier scheduled on April 12 but was cancelled following vote-for-cash scam.