The bypoll is crucial as it would decide Jayalalithaa’s legacy
Shivani Chaturvedi | December 21, 2017 | Chennai
RK Nagar constituency, which was held by former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, went to polls on Thursday. It is a crucial bypoll as it would decide Amma’s legacy. As many as 72 candidates are contesting for one seat fighting for 1 seat. Counting of votes will be held on December 24.
The bypoll was earlier scheduled in April this year, however, it was cancelled 48 hours before the polling, due to large scale distribution of cash and gifts by some candidates.
Even this time, similar allegations were made. The election commission claimed to have seized about Rs 30.29 lakh in connection with possible bribery.
According to former chief electoral officer of Tamil Nadu, Naresh Gupta, political parties or candidates adopt various means to distribute cash. Earlier it was easy to check them but now they adopt subtle methods, for example, a person not necessarily from the party may be hired for distributing cash and he would be asked to cover certain households, and required data is taken from electoral rolls. If a person is covering just 15 households by the time flying quads come he can escape easily.
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