Rival parties have alleged that the man has been caught on camera bribing voters for next week's by-election to the RK Nagar assembly seat in Chennai, which fell vacant when former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died in December last year.
The AIADMK's deputy chief TTV Dinakaran, who is also the party's candidate for the seat, said these are "false allegations" and accused main opposition party the DMK of trying to frame his party. "The DMK could have done this...just because someone gives money to people during my campaign doesn't mean he is from our party," said Mr Dinakaran.
Meanwhile, DMK spokesperson A Saravanan said, "There's rampant buying of votes by Sasikala camp to somehow win or to get polls postponed as they can't win."
Tamil Nadu's Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni said the poll panel has received several complaints and these have been "forwarded to the six poll observers. They are probing." Today, the Election Commission transferred 22 police officers including five IPS officers from RK Nagar.
Mr Dinakaran is the nephew of Ms Jayalalithaa's longtime companion VK Sasikala, who is now in jail in a corruption case. The AIADMK had elected Ms Sasikala to take Ms Jayalalithaa's place as party chief soon after the latter's death, but when she sought to replace partyman O Panneerselvam as Chief Minister, he rebelled and the party split.
O Panneerselvam or OPS's faction the AIADMK Purathchi Thalaivi Amma has fielded veteran leader E Madhusudanan in RK Nagar against Mr Dinakaran. Ms Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jaykumar is also contesting the by-election. All three stake claim to the legacy of Ms Jayalalithaa or Amma.
The DMK expects the AIADMK vote to be divided among the three candidates and believes it is in position to wrest the constituency represented by Ms Jayalalithaa two times. The DMK has fielded Marudhu Ganesh.