Vastavam Web: The Chief election commissioner of India has taken a sensational decision on RK Nagar bypolls in Tamilnadu. A series of high profile raids in the past week allegedly uncovered cash-for-vote schemes meant to help swing favour during the RK Nagar bypolls scheduled for April 12. The constituency seat was held by the late former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, and is key to the splintered factions of the ruling AIADMK party.
The Election Commission cancelled the RK Nagar by-elections scheduled for April 12 after evidence of rampant corruption and bribery came to light following a series of high profile raids by the Income Tax Department, sources said on Sunday.The Commission decision will mean that the hotly contested elections to former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s constituency, which was heading for a fierce fight between the splinter factions of the AIADMK and the DMK, will now take place at a later unspecified date.
The Election Commission (EC)’s decision came after tax authorities reportedly unearthed a large-scale bribery scandal to swing an election that might determine the ruling party’s future.Documents seized by the income tax department during raids on state health minister Vijaya Bhaskar’s house on Friday purportedly show the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK gave Rs 4,000 to every voter in the north Chennai locality that was the home constituency of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.