WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dec 24, 2017, 04.05 AM (IST)
Dec 24, 2017, 12.10 PM
TTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll.
Official EC final result: TTV Dhinakaran at 89,013 votes, AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan at 48,306 votes, DMK's N Marudhu Ganesh at 24, 651, BJP's Karu Nagarajan at 1,417 votes at the end of counting.
Dhinakaran wins by 40,707 votes
Dec 24, 2017, 10.55 AM
Official EC trends: TTV Dhinakaran continues to lead with 68,392 votes, AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan at 36,217 votes, DMK's N Marudhu Ganesh at 18,924 , BJP's Karu Nagarajan at 1,126 votes at the end of round 14 of counting
Dec 24, 2017, 09.35 AM
Official Election Commission trends: TTV Dhinakaran continues to lead with 48,808 votes, AIADMK's E. Madhusudhanan gets 25,567 votes, DMK's N Marudhu Ganesh gets 13,015 votes in round 10 of counting
Dec 24, 2017, 09.08 AM
Official EC trends: TTV Dhinakaran continues to lead with 39,548 total votes, AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan gets 19,525 votes and DMK's N Marudhu Ganesh gets 10, 233 votes in round 8 of counting
Dec 24, 2017, 07.49 AM
'I firmly believe that it is time for this government to go, and in the coming 3 months you will see this government go,' TTV Dhinakaran says in Madurai
The counting of votes in the RK Nagar bypoll began at 8 am Sunday morning.
RK Nagar is seen as not only politically symbolic but also as a litmus test for the ruling AIADMK.
This is where five-time former chief minister Jayalalithaa won her last two elections from, which is why the ruling AIADMK will be keen to retain it.
The seat fell vacant after her death last year.
The bypoll is also being seen as a litmus test for the minority AIADMK government, with commentators saying the psychological fallout of a loss could affect it.
The bypoll this time is a three-way contest between the AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan, rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran who is fighting as an independent candidate, and the opposition DMK's N Maruthu Ganesh.
First reports are saying Dinakaran is in the lead.
The RK Nagar by-elections were held on Thursday, with voter turnout recorded at 77.68 per cent.
The election commission said the turnout was the highest figure since 2011.
The by-election was actually scheduled for April this year but was postponed after allegations surfaced of voters being bribed.