Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec 24 (ANI): As the fifth round of counting in R K Nagar bypoll concludes, sidelined AIADMK leader and independent candidate T T V Dhinakaran has marked a clear lead overall, with a margin of over 11,000 votes.
Dhinakaran has maintained the lead in all five rounds of the counting so far, while AIADMK is emerging as the runner up followed by DMK.
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.
The R K 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 E 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. (ANI)