Dhinakaran leads with high margin in RK Nagar bypoll

ANI | Updated: Dec 24, 2017 13:13 IST

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.

As per the Election Commission, Dhinakaran is leading with 24,132 total votes, followed by AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan (13057) and DMK's N Marudhu Ganesh (6606) in the third.

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.

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 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)