Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa to contest RK Nagar bypoll

A week after taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time, AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa has decided to contest the RK Nagar assembly bypoll.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa to contest RK Nagar bypoll

Chennai: A week after taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time, AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa has decided to contest the RK Nagar assembly bypoll.

Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in North Chennai was represented by AIADMK's P Vetrivel before he resigned on May 17.

Earlier in the week, the Election Commission had announced the schedule for the assembly bypoll.

Voting is on June 27 while counting of votes would be held on June 30.

Jayalalithaa was the MLA from Srirangam but she was disqualified after she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case by a trial court in Bengaluru. The bypoll held later had seen AIADMK retain the seat.

Jayalalithaa, 67, was disqualified last September after a court in Bangalore convicted her for four years jail term and Rs.100 crore fine in an 18-year old disproportionate assets case.

The Karnataka High Court upheld her appeal and acquitted her of all the charges.

AIADMK lawmakers in a meeting at the party headquarters on Friday elected Jayalalithaa as leader of the legislature party.

Subsequently, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his council of ministers resigned from their posts and Rosaiah extended an invitation to Jayalalithaa to form the government.

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