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Jaya's niece Deepa, actor Vishal out of RK Nagar bypoll as EC rejects papers

Chennai, Dec 5 (Deccan Chronicle): The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar's nomination for by-election in Chennai's RK Nagar constituency.

The poll panel took the decision after it found several discrepancies in Deepa's form.

Following EC's decision, Deepa said, "There is a column where we talk about inheritance of property and I have mentioned that. It's not mandatory. That's not a reason enough to reject this application. All other information I have provided are perfect".

The Election Commission also rejected actor Vishal's nomination. The actor protested against the move by holding a 'dharna'.

Deepa had earlier claimed that she did not consider Dhinakaran as her competitor.

“The fight is only between me, the AIADMK and the DMK”, she told reporters.

AIADMK has fielded its presidum chairman E Madhusudhanan for the RK Nagar bypoll slated on December 21.

Madhusudhanan, a seasoned politician, will take on VK Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran in election at RK Nagar.

DMK retained journalist-turned-politician N Marudhu Ganesh as its candidate for the ensuing by-election.

The opposition party had fielded the same person for the April 12 by-election, which was cancelled following allegations of large-scale bribing of voters.

At the last count on Monday night there were at least 131 people who submitted papers expressing interest to enter the fray in R K Nagar.

Bypoll for the RK Nagar constituency was necessary after the seat fell vacant following the death of former chief minister J Jayalithaa in December last year.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Jaya's niece Deepa's rejection of papers for contesting the election is really a blow to Jaya's inheritence

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  • SMR, karkala

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    As per Section 125(A) of the Representation of People Act, 1951, furnishing of false information by a candidate in his poll affidavit is an offence punishable with a prison sentence of six months or with fine.
    "A six-month imprisonment is hardly a deterrent; there is an urgent need to enhance it to two years, besides providing for disqualification," .
    The Court referred to the landmark judgment of Union of India v. Association for Democratic Reforms & Anr. In this case, the Court held that it was incumbent upon every candidate, who is contesting election, to give information about his assets and other affairs, which requirement is not only essential part of fair and free elections, in as much as, every voter has a right to know about these details of the candidates, such a requirement is also covered by freedom of speech granted under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India.
    Under Section 8 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, disqualification follows if an elected representative is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment of two years or more.

    It is open truth that powerful Amma of Dravidian politics in Tamil Nadu is politically assassinated for wider aspiration of BJP political will. Jaya niece or actor Vishal is nothing but denial of constitutional rights control fragmented AIADMK with iron fist remotely operated from Nagpur.

    If there are discrepancies in their affidavits for the reason, why the ECI has failed to act who are violated furnishing 'fake' qualifications?
    Do ECI has separate set of law for elected members and nominees?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Jaya's legacy is totally dubious ...

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