AIADMK parliamentary board meets, discusses RK Nagar bypoll

File Photo: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in AIADMK party Headquarters.

File Photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at AIADMK party headquarters.

In its parliamentary board meet on Monday, AIADMK discussed a range of issues including the December 21 bypoll to RK Nagar constituency. The board members discussed names to select candidates for the bypoll.

This was the first meeting of the board after the Election Commission awarded the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol to this camp.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were present at the meeting among others.

A release from the party said it “unanimously” resolved in to authorise the AIADMK parliamentary board to select the candidate for the RK Nagar by-poll.

The party also announced that it was “restructuring” the parliamentary board, which now includes Panneerselvam and Palaniswami.

The RK Nagar seat fell vacant following the death of local MLA and then chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.

Though the bypoll was originally scheduled to be held in April this year, it was rescinded following complaints of money distribution.

The DMK has nominated R Maruthu Ganesh to take on the ruling party. He was also the party nominee for the April 12 bypoll.

The ruling party also discussed the first death anniversary of Jayalalithaa and the various events associated with it, the release said.

The AIADMK has already announced taking out a procession from the arterial Anna Salai to Jayalalithaa’s mausoleum in Marina Beach, which was reiterated in the meeting.

(With inputs from PTI)