November 30, 2017
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Chennai: Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency will be witnessing mother of all battles as the two factions of the ruling AIADMK – the official EPS-OPS led faction and the rebel faction led by VK Sasikala – will battle it out to win Amma’s seat for itself.
But the lurking danger for both the factions is a resurgent DMK going in for the kill – as a coalition of forces builds around it to inflict humiliation to the ruling combine in the December 21 by elections to the seat represented by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
On Thursday, EPS-OPS combine led AIADMK fielded its presidium chairman E Madhusudanan as the candidate for the assembly by-election. It is certain, as already announced earlier, Sasikala’s newphew TTV Dinakaran will enter the fray, making the contest an extremely keen as well as important to know the peoples’ mind.
After a spate of IT raids on the Mannargudi clan that had the AIADMK and its government in its firm grips and jailing of Sasikala has considerably decreased the hold of the Mannargudi clan over the affairs of the party and government.
It is in this backdrop that the bye elections are being held, on the outcome of which political analysts place a lot of importance as it would dictate which way politics in Tamil Nadu is likely to move ahead of the 2019 general elections to Lok Sabha.
On Thursday, Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and other senior party leaders comprising the steering committee held a two and half hour meeting that cleared the candidature of Madhusudanan, who was fielded as OPS faction candidate in the previous by elections to the seat that was countermanded due to misuse of money power by a political party.
Madhusudanan is a party veteran who had represented the same RK Nagar constituency in 1991.
While it is certain that Dinakaran will enter the fray from the Sasikala faction, the DMK has fielded the same candidate Marudu Ganesh.