chennai by-election news

The EC way out

Even by semi-official estimates, the slush cash used to bribe the voters of RK Nagar is around Rs 89 crs. Press freedom, previous experience and priority access to ‘sources that do not want to be identified’ allow us to round that off to Rs 100 crs. Indeed, last Friday was quite auspicious for IT kitty, if not for democracy. And that is from just one faction of the rulers, and

Interesting contest to follow till IPL starts

An on-the-spot report from R K Nagar Chennai, Mar 29: The by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly constituency, to be held on 12 April, has brought the focus back on Tamilnadu politics that had gone silent after the drama-filled days of February that were more frenetic than the final overs in an IPL clash and more crowded and confusing than the 8 am Dadar-Virar fast train. As is well known, the R K Nagar seat had fallen vacant due to

Deepa Jayakumar declares assets worth Rs 3.05 crore

Chennai: Deepa Jayakumar, niece of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, has declared assets worth Rs 3.05 crore in the affidavit filed along with her nomination for the 12 April by-poll to the R K Nagar constituency. In her nomination filed yesterday, Deepa declared that she owns movable properties worth Rs 1.05 crore and immovable properties worth Rs 2 crore. Deepa, contesting as an Independent candidate, has declared net income of

Vasan says TMC has no faith in by-elections

Coimbatore: Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) president G K Vasan today said the party decided not to contest the 12 April R K Nagar by-election as it has no faith in by-polls. It was the duty of the Election Commission to instil confidence among the voters and political parties by ensuring free and fair polls, as normally the ruling party won such by-polls, Vasan told reporters here yesterday. Vasan, who was here to participate