TTV Dinakaran Wins RK Nagar Bypoll, creates history in Tamil Nadu

by Politics | 24-12-2017 | 513 views

CHENNAI: Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday created history by winning a by-election as an independent candidate in Tamil Nadu.
Dhinakaran won the RK Nagar by-election by a margin of 40,707 votes, defeating his nearest rival E Madhusudhanan of the AIADMK. Dhinakaran got 89,013 votes while Madhusudhanan polled 48,306 votes. DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh got only 24,651 votes and lost his deposit. Dhinakaran secured 50.32% of the 1,76,890 votes polled. The outcome of the by-election has been touted as one that could establish several political indicators, coming as it did in the wake of a leadership turmoil in the AIADMK. It could shake the base of the EPS-OPS-led AIADMK.

Now, after the victory, Dhinakaran is likely to be more determined to attempt to destabilise the government with his new-found confidence. The AIADMK can seek solace in the fact that a majority of the MLAs may prefer to see the government complete its remaining three-and-a-half-term rather than go to polls now.

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