EC Cancels R.K. Nagar By-Poll Over Cash-For-Votes Scandal

IT searches revealed a routing of Rs 89 crore for “distribution to voters” in the constituency, which was set to vote on Jayalalithaa’s successor on April 12.

V.K. Sasikala. Credit: PTI

V.K. Sasikala. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Election Commission is canceled the by-poll to the R.K. Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu following reports that money was used to influence voters.

After several rounds of meeting with election officials of the state, the poll panel made up its mind on cancelling the by-poll. Though no request had been made to the state governor to rescind the by-poll, NDTV reported that the by-poll had in fact been cancelled.

Sleuths of the income tax investigation wing conducted searches in properties and offices belonging to Tamil Nadu health minister C. Vijayabaskar on April 7 across Tamil Nadu. The searches on premises of an associate of Vijayabaskar revealed a routing of Rs 89 crore for “distribution to voters” in the R.K. Nagar constituency, which is set to vote on Jayalalithaa’s successor on April 12.

The by-poll was necessitate following the demise of J. Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. According to NDTV, the Sasikala-led faction of the AIADMK has denied all the allegations.

With PTI inputs

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