Radha Krishna Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu witnessed a peaceful by-election from where the chief minister Jayalalithaa is contesting by-elections to be re-elected as an MLA to continue as the Chief Minister. Jayalalithaa, who had earlier represented her native Srirangam in the 2011 Assembly polls, is contesting from Chennai for the first time. According to the provisional data 71 % per cent polling is recorded in 230 polling stations in the Constituency. Around 2.43 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise with female voters outnumbering male voters.
The polling began at 8 am on June 27 with 28 candidates in the fray, out of which 26 are independent candidates. While the main contest is between AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa and CPI nominee C Mahendran, the opposition parties including the DMK, MDMK, Congress, PMK, VCK, the TMC and the BJP-led NDA boycotted by-elections. DMK chief Karunanidhi boycotted the election saying he is sceptical about the manner in which the by-election would be conducted, when those in power have huge influence over judiciary and the Election Commission.
Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency, barely seven kilometers away from the city of Chennai, is considered to be an AIADMK bastion since 2000. The seat fell vacant following the resignation of the sitting MLA P. Vetrivel to facilitate the election of Ms. Jayalalithaa, who has been acquitted by the Karnataka High Court from the disproportionate assets case on May 11. Since 2011, the AIADMK has won all the six by-elections and RK Nagar is the seventh. The counting of votes will be taken up on June 30.