RK Nagar bypoll loss: AIADMK removes 9 office bearers

AIADMK removed 6 of its office bearers who supported TTV Dhinakaran, who won the RK Nagar bypoll Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 25, 2017, 08.38 AM (IST)

The loss in RK Nagar bypoll - late chief minister Jayalalithaa's constituency - has not gone down well with her party, the AIADMK.

The party on Monday removed S Vetrivel, Thanga Tamil Selvan, Rangaswamy, Muththaiya, VP Kalairajan, Va Pugazhenthi, Nanchil Sampath, CR Saraswathi and Sholinghur Parthiban after a high-level committee meeting. The meeting was called to discuss party's performance in RK Nagar bypoll in which VK Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran emerged victorious.

These nine office-bearers were removed as they were supporting Dhinakaran, sources said.

Dhinakaran won the bypoll to the prestigious seat by a whopping margin of over 40,000 votes -  higher than the margin of 39,495 votes secured by late Tamil Nadu chief minister last year - while DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh finished third, garnering 24,651 votes, in the process losing his deposit. AIADMK's E Madhusudanan came second.

The bypoll was held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of sitting MLA and then chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Dhinakaran's victory is seen as a jolt to the AIADMK which was expected to retain the seat in view of the Election Commission alloting it the 'Two-Leaves' symbol beside being in power.

AIADMK alleged that there was a "tacit understanding" between Dhinakaran and the opposition DMK.

However, AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator K Palaniswami asserted that the win would not affect the party.

The two leaders also took a swipe at Dhinakaran, saying he had earlier been expelled from the party by Jayalalithaa along with other relatives of her confidante V K Sasikala.

They also accused him of "betraying" Jayalalithaa even after her death by allegedly joining hands with the DMK.