RK Nagar bypoll: Nomination of Jayalalithaa’s niece rejected

RSTV Bureau
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar addessing the press conferance at her residence in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016. Photo - PTI

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar addessing the press conferance at her residence in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016.
File Photo – PTI

The nomination papers of late J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar were rejected by election authorities. Jayakumar had filed papers to fight the RK Nagar bypoll scheduled to take place on December 21.

Along with her, actor Vishal’s papers were also rejected.

“Both their nominations have been rejected. We will get full details later…it is a quasi-judicial process,” an election official told PTI.

“…there were some flaws in the nomination..it is an order passed by the Returning Officer,” he added.

Vishal, who heads the Tamil Film Producers Council and is the general secretary of the Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Artistes’ Association), said he was told at the last minute that there were “discrepancies,” in the papers in respect of signatures.

Along with several of his supporters, he briefly squatted on the road in North Chennai protesting the decision to reject his papers.

Opposing election authorities’ rejecting her nomination, Deepa alleged it was not done for any valid reasons. “It is being done wantonly,” she added.

As many as 145 nominations were received from aspirants seeking to contest the bypoll.

Currently, scrutiny of nominations are on and an official update on the total number of papers accepted and rejected is expected later.

Earlier in April, the Election Commission of India had canceled the bypoll after cash-for-votes allegations surfaced.

“The by-election to fill the vacancy in RK Nagar shall be held by the commission in due course when the vitiating effect created by the distribution of money and gift items to lure the electors gets removed with the passage of time, and the atmosphere in the constituency becomes conducive to the holding of free and fair election,” Election Commission said in a statement.

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

(With inputs from agencies)