AIADMK Sacks Six TTV Dhinakaran Loyalists After RK Nagar Bypoll Defeat

AIADMK alleges pact between Dhinakaran-DMK Stalin rejects

On a video of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa - which she was undergoing treatment in the Apollo Hospital here in late 2016 - circulated before the polling, he said that none of the ministers had seen her in the hospital where she breathed her last on December 5, 2016. AIADMK has sidelined the 54-year-old candidate 3 months back and his victory came as a huge shock to current party members. Dinakaran, who contested as an independent candidate on the pressure cooker symbol polled 89,013 votes to route AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan by a margin of over 40,000 votes. The seat of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa went to polls on Thursday with a record 77 percent voter turnout. In an election that was seen as a battle for Jayalalithaa's political legacy, the surprise victory by dissident leader and Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran will dramatically alter the political equations in a state that has been on a political roller coaster since the death of Jayalalithaa in December previous year. "But now it's with villains, how can they win". Around 100 officials will be involved in the counting process which will take place in 19 rounds.

Chennai: A day after alleging that there was a "tacit understanding" between T T V Dhinakaran and the Opposition DMK to defeat the AIADMK in the R K Nagar by-election, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, the ruling party's coordinator and joint coordinator, respectively, held a brainstorming session today.

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Dhinakaran registered a total 15,868 votes at the end of third round, continuing to maintain a comfortable margin over and above his AIADMK and DMK rivals.

The death of Jayalalithaa was followed by a split in the AIADMK party which she had headed, and her aide V K Sasikala was sent to jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case. The gulf is likely to widen further in the days ahead with Dhinakaran group staking its claim to Amma's legacy and declaring itself as the real AIADMK. The Dinakaran faction was said to be upset over isolation in the party after E Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam merged their factions and removed Sasikala from the post of party's general secretary.

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