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Will RK Nagar bypoll be once again countermanded?

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EC seeks report from TN poll officials after reports of large scale cash distribution in RK Nagar constituency

With money flowing openly as a television channel expose showed, the main question arising out of naked display of money power in RK Nagar assembly bypoll is whether the poll could once again be countermanded?

The Special Chief Electoral officer, Vikram Batra, spent four day studying the ground situation, spoke with poll officials and political party representatives and went back to Delhi and to submit his report to the Nirvachan Sadan.

According to reports reaching here, the election commission has taken note of a television channel expose and sought a report from the poll officials in Chennai.

DMK working president MK Stalin has alleged that a sum of Rs 100 crore was spent by AIADMK, both factions in trying to bribe voters. The going rate for vote at present was Rs 6000 he alleged and also warned the police officials that he had proof of their collusion with the ruling party members to distribute money or facilitate the same.

“We will take action against all such police officers, after we get to power once there are midterm polls,” Stalin said.

AIADMK rebel candidate TTV Dinakaran’s supporters were held for distributing money and there were also gifts galore – pressure cookers with cash in them were distributed to some households in the RK Nagar constituency that was held by J Jayalalithaa before her death in December last year.

He in turn accused AIADMK and ministers distributing money.

The AIADMK candidate, E Madhusudhanan, presidium chairman of the party, questioned as to how Dinakaran and his family members amassed such wealth. “Was his father a collector,” he said to laughter and cheers from his supporters. “People are with us and will teach the traitor a lesson,” he said.

Stalin on the last day of campaigning on Tuesday predicted the fall of this government within few months and DMK will come to power in the ensuing general elections.

The government is bound to collapse, Stalin said.

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