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RK Nagar By-Poll: Wrong decision says TTV Dinakaran

"Wrong decision, even EC does not want me to win. They can delay but cant deny," says TTV Dinakaran of the AIADMK (Amma) faction on RK Nagar bypoll cancelled. AIADMK's general secretary and the candidate of the Sasikala faction, which has been accused of launching a mega cash-for-votes plan through its ministers in the constituency.

RK Nagar By-Poll: Wrong decision says TTV Dinakaran
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File photo of AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran

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Dinakaran, who is Ms Sasikala's nephew, added, "Maybe the Election Commission doesn't want me to win. They can only delay, not deny our victory. We will win."

RK Nagar was represented by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who died in December, and the poll battle for this constituency has become representative of the larger fight for the legacy of the leader who was popular as "Amma" to thousands of AIADMK workers.

Income Tax officials have alleged that the Sasikala faction paid 89 crores to voters. Officials say they have seized documents that include detailed payment charts for voters. Each voter was supposed to be paid Rs. 4,000. The constituency is divided into 256 segments and the target was to reach out 85 per cent of the 2.6 lakh voters.

Key ministers -- including Vijayabaskar, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Forest Minister Dindigul Sreenivasan and Finance Minister Jayakumar - were allegedly given targets, the documents indicated. The Chief Minister was allegedly tasked with distributing Rs. 13.27 crore to 33,000 voters.

The Sasikala faction has denied the allegations.

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