Peaceful polling at RK Nagar, 77% turnout

Peaceful polling at RK Nagar, 77% turnout

The R K Nagar by-election on Thursday witnessed a record 77.68 per cent voter turnout with polling to the constituency, which was represented by the late J Jayalalithaa, passing off peacfully amid tight security.

As campaigning ended on Tuesday, a video emerged of Jayalalithaa on a hospital bed, apparently taken by Sasikala when the former chief minister was at the Apollo hospital last year.

The video was released by the Dhinakaran camp, allegedly to establish that Jayalalithaa was alive and recovering before she died of a massive cardiac arrest on December 5.

The campaigning ended on Tuesday amid allegations of bribery and circulation of unverified videos of notes distribution. The Election Commission has refused to postpone the by-poll further despite pleas from the opposition DMK. But the Election Commission said there was no proof.

Of the 59 candidates in the fray, the fight is essentially triangular with the key contenders being ruling AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan, main opposition DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh and Dhinakaran, contesting as an independent.

The 2015 R K Nagar bypoll in which Jayalalithaa was elected by a huge margin of 1.5 lakh votes for the first time in this segment had witnessed 75 per cent turnout.