Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar seat by over 40, 000 votes

TTV Dhinakaran surges ahead, AIADMK, DMK continue to trail

On Sunday night, after the by-election result was announced declaring expelled AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran as victor, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami said the DMK, their party's archrival, faced its "worst defeat" in an election to any Assembly segment in Tamilnadu so far. All the other candidates including the DMK's N Marudhuganesh forfeited their deposits. The fact that the BJP got less number of votes than NOTA reflects total rejection of the national party which was seen to be indulging in backseat driving to control the affairs of the AIADMK and its government, a formulation unacceptable for Tamil Nadu voters. Polling for the seat was held on December 21.

Reports from Tamil Nadu indicating that many MPs, MLAs from official camp were approaching Dinakaran after the RK Nagar poll victory.

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However, Dhinakaran and Sasikala maintain that they lead the "real" AIADMK, and winning the RK Nagar seat would be used to consolidate their claims. "They have taught this traitor-AIADMK government a fitting lesson", Dinakaran told reporters in Madurai as counting of votes progressed at Queen Mary's College in Chennai.

It showed how Stalin and Dhinakaran planned to defame party founder, the late M G Ramachandran and late chief minister J Jayalalithaa by joining hands to "defeat two leaves", the AIADMK's symbol, they had said. "It is whom the cadre backs that isimportant". "We are the true AIADMK". Sources said that the meeting has been convened following differences of opinions among the top leadership about the strategy adopted by the party at RK Nagar. He also said the Edappadi K Palaniswami government would fall in three months.

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The bypoll was held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of sitting member and then chief minister Jayalalithaa on December 5 previous year and DMK had hoped for a win for it. In about two decades, he is the first independent candidate to be elected in Tamil Nadu and that too with such a huge margin scoring higher than that of Jayalalithaa in 2016 Assembly polls.

The rival leader's tally stood at 15,868, while AIADMK's E Madhusudanan bagged 7033 votes, and main Opposition DMK's N Marudhuganesh got 3,691 votes at the end of third round.

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