RK Nagar bypolls: OPS camp 'resurrects' Jaya; social media goes ballistic

The Election Commission of India (EC) on Friday directed both factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to remove the "two leaves" symbol from all its official websites and social media and submit the compliance report by April 8. However, they denied that they are buying votes with money.

Meanwhile police arrested three Dinakaran supporters who allegedly bashed up DMK functionaries when the latter tried to foil attempts to bribe voters.

The incident was reported from RK Nagar's Korukupet area ahead of the by-polls in the constituency.

Maitreyan's comments came on a day when the Income Tax department today raided properties associated with Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar, actor and Samathuva Makkal Katchi chief Sarath Kumar, a few Tamil Nadu MLAs, and around a dozen pharmaceutical companies.

Meanwhile DMK Rajya Sabha MP, R S Barathi in a petition to Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni said, "The ruling party (Dinakaran faction) is planning to continue the illegal distribution of money to voters".

He demanded steps to stop it.

The symbol had been frozen by the EC as an interim measure after the Sasikala faction and the rebel group led by O Panneerselvam staked claim to it. From last few months, she has been lending her support AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala.

Video footage of TTV Dinakaran supporters distributing cash to voters have also gone viral. "If election can't be conducted in a fair manner, let it be postponed", said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Tamilisai Soundararajan.

"There's rampant buying of votes by Sasikala camp to somehow win or to get polls postponed as they can't win", said Saravanan.

  • Leroy Wright