By-polls to RK Nagar, twice represented by late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa were cancelled in April after videos emerged showing cash being paid to voters and seizure of documents by Income Tax officials from the residence of health minister C Vijaybaskar suggested payment of 89 crore to voters by ministers and Chief Minister E Palaniswami. The AIADMK had denied the charges.
RK Nagar witnesses a triangular contest between the AIADMK, the DMK and sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran who is contesting as an Independent. The BJP is contesting the by-polls too.
Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, who fought against each other in April, have now patched up and have retrieved the party's two leaves symbol. They've fielded the AIADMK's Presidium Chairman Madhusudanan.
The AIADMK and TTV Dhinakaran are fighting for Jayalalithaa's legacy. The DMK calls this a referendum on the performance of E Palaniswami's government. It has fielded Marudhu Ganesh, a little known lawyer.