By-polls in Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar to accept Panneerselvam's support for RK Nagar election?

Asmita Sarkar
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The Election Commission has notified that the by-elections will be carried out in vacant Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies in nine states and the National Capital Territory of Delhi in April second week. Among the vacant seats is late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's Assembly Constituency RK Nagar. 

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Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar said she would contest the April 12 bypoll for the RK Nagar Assembly constituency, which was represented by her aunt. She said she would take support from anyone but Sasikala clan of the AIADMK and the DMK, indicating that she is open to taking support from the O Panneerselvam clan, which had been removed from AIADMK by Sasikala. 

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"I am confident that people of RK Nagar will support me in the same way they supported Amma. I will win with a huge margin," Deepa who has floated 'MGR Amma Deepa Peravai' said.

The by-poll will be a huge test for the Edappadi K Palaniswami government as it is the first election after Jayalalithaa's death. There are multiple people who will stake claim to Jayalalithaa's legacy and would want to secure the seat for themselves. 

The Panneerselvam clan is fielding an Amma loyalist Madhusudan, however, the final decision has not been made.

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"Madhusudanan being a local man was well known across the constituency as a loyalist of Amma. He will be a winning candidate," said a senior leader in the OPS camp. 

Deputy party general secretary TTV Dinakaran said the candidate from AIADMK would be decided during the Parliamentary Board meeting. However, he did not deny if he was going to contest for the RK Nagar constituency. 

The other constituencies going to polls are Parliamentary Constituencies of Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir and State Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, NCT of Delhi and Sikkim. 

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The EC also said that the model code of conduct will be applicable immediately and is required to be followed by candidates, political parties and the State Governments concerned. 

The clear vacancies in Parliamentary constituencies and State Legislative Assemblies of various States, which need to be filled up, are:

Sl. No. State Parliamentary Constituency No. & Name
1 Jammu & Kashmir 2 – Srinagar PC
3 – Anantnag PC
2 Kerala 6 – Malappuram PC
Sl. No. State Assembly Constituency No. & Name
1 Assam 113 – Dhemaji (ST) AC
2 Himachal Pradesh 36 – Bhoranj (SC) AC
3 Madhya Pradesh 09 – Ater AC
89 – Bandhavgarh (ST) AC
4 West Bengal 216 – Kanthi Dakshin AC
5 Rajasthan 79 – Dholpur AC
6 Karnataka 214 – Nanjangud (SC) AC
224 – Gundlupet AC
7 Tamil Nadu 11 – Dr.Radhakrishnan Nagar AC
8 Jharkhand 04 – Litipara (ST) AC
9 Sikkim 28 – Upper Burtuk AC
10 NCT of Delhi 27 – Rajouri Garden AC

The election commission took into consideration various factors like climatic conditions, major festivals, prevailing law and order electoral rolls, availability of central police force etc., and has decided to hold by-elections to fill these vacancies. The schedule for holding by-elections in Assembly Constituencies of Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Jharkhand and NCT of Delhi is as under:-

Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 14.03.2017 (TUE)
Last Date of Nomination 21.03.2017 (TUE)
Date for Scrutiny of Nomination 22.03.2017 (WED)
Last Date of Withdrawal of candidatures 24.03.2017 (FRI)
Date of Poll 09.04.2017 (SUN)
Date of Counting 13.04.2017 (THU)
Date before which election shall be completed 15.04.2017 (SAT)

Here's the schedule of holding by-election in Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala and Assembly Constituencies of Tamil Nadu and Sikkim:

Poll Events Schedule for Kerala Schedule for Tamil Nadu and Sikkim
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 16.03.2017 (THU) 16.03.2017 (THU)
Last Date of Nomination 23.03.2017 (THU) 23.03.2017 (THU)
Date for Scrutiny of Nomination 24.03.2017 (FRI) 24.03.2017 (FRI)
Last Date of Withdrawal of candidatures 27.03.2017 (MON) 27.03.2017 (MON)
Date of Poll 12.04.2017 (WED) 12.04.2017 (WED)
Date of Counting 17.04.2017 (MON) 15.04.2017 (SAT)
Date before which election shall be completed 18.04.2017 (TUE) 17.04.2017 (MON)

IV. Schedule for holding bye-election in Parliamentary Constituencies of Jammu & Kashmir is as under:

Poll Events Phase-1 (2-Srinagar PC) Phase-2(3 – Anantnag PC)
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 14.03.2017 (TUE) 17.03.2017 (FRI)
Last Date of Nomination 21.03.2017 (TUE) 24.03.2017 (FRI)
Date for Scrutiny of Nomination 22.03.2017 (WED) 27.03.2017 (MON)
Last Date of Withdrawal of candidatures 24.03.2017 (FRI) 29.03.2017 (WED)
Date of Poll 09.04.2017 (SUN) 12.04.2017 (WED)
Date of Counting 15.04.2017 (SAT)
Date before which election shall be completed 16.04.2017 (SUN)

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