Sasikala’s nephew wins Jaya’s seat

In a by-election whose campaign was yet again marred by allegations of bribery, independent candidate and rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran emerged victorious beating his AIADMK rival by a massive margin of 40,707 votes.

The victory of Jayalalithaa aide Sasikala’s nephew against all odds and coming on the death anniversary of AIADMK founder MGR marks his birth as a political star.

Dhinakaran got 89,013 votes while his AIADMK rival veteran E Madhusudhanan secured 48,306 votes. He later said, “This government will be ousted in three months. The people of Tamil Nadu have taught this traitor-AIADMK government a fitting lesson. I am Amma’s successor.”

AIADMK rebel Dhinakaran’s victory is expected to set off minor tremors within the newly unified AIADMK that could lead to further desertions by MLAs and MPs. Dhinakaran now has the backing of 18 MLAs, all of whom were disqualified by the Tamil Nadu assembly speaker. There is also speculation that the DMK camp is secretly rejoicing Dhinakaran’s victory which, they feel, may hasten the AIADMK government’s fall and ensure a mid-term poll.

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