By-election was announced in R.K.Nagar constituency after the demise of former chief minister J.Jayalalitha. This constituency was completely brought under CCTV scanner by election commission. Since the election was called off last time due to allegations of money distribution to voters, the election authorities have made their possible efforts to control any untoward activities. Beyond all such measures, it was still said that money played a vital role in this by-election.
Leaving back all the allegations, election went on and the results were out today. Since the morning, TTV Dinakaran was leading the race comfortably. As the counting started, Dinakaran was leading ahead of others scoring maximum numbers. In the morning, during 5th round of vote count it was said that AIADMK partymen created ruckus at the counting spot that halted the counting process almost an hour. Few were injured and rushed to hospital. After the situation got back to normalcy the counting resumed. Since then Dinakaran was leading the race till the last round of count.
Out of 2,28,234 eligible voters in the RK Nagar constituency 1,76,885 votes have been registered. This is 77.5 percentage of the total voters.
Total number of votes for each candidate:
- TTV Dinakaran (Independent Candidate) 89,013 votes
- Madhusudhanan (AIADMK) – 48,306 votes
- Marudhuganesh (DMK) – 24,581 votes
- Kalaikotudhayam (NTK) – 3,802 votes
- Karu. Nagaran (BJP) – 1,368 votes
- NOTA (None Of The Above) – 2,348 votes
Dinakaran Scored More than Jayalalitha
In the last assembly elections in 2016, former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu J.Jayalalitha had contested in R.K.Nagar constituency and won with a difference of 39,545 votes ahead of Shimla Muthu Chozhan of DMK. Jayalalitha scored 97218 votes in total. TTV Dinakaran got 1,162 votes more than Jayalalitha and secured a thumping victory. In the same constituency, during 2015 by-elections Jayalalitha won with a difference of 1,50,772 votes.
It is noted that after 2006, TTV Dinakaran is the first, independent candidate to enter into the Tamilnadu Assembly. However, in by-elections Dinakaran is the first candidate to win it as an independent candidate and stepping in as MLA in TN Assembly.