The by election to Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar (R K Nagar) assembly constituency will be held before December 31, Chief Election Commission Achal Kumar Jyoti said on Thursday.
The poll in the constituency which was scheduled to be held on April 12 this year was cancelled by the EC in wake of allegations of voters being bribed.
Last month, hearing public interest litigation (PIL), the Madras High Court had directed the Election Commission to hold the by-poll "preferably" by December 31 this year.
The Income Tax Department had said that the V K Sasikala camp, which was fighting in RK Nagar in the bypoll under the name AIADMK (Amma), had paid close to Rs 90 crore to voters to buy support for its candidate TTV Dinakaran.
It was a time when Palaniswami was in TTV Dhinakaran’s camp and the second camp was led by Panneerselvam under the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi ) name.
The Amma camp had fielded TTV Dhinakaran as the candidate while Panneerselvam’s camp fielded Madhusudhanan, a leader from the R K Nagar constituency.
However, after the two factions’ merger and the emergence of the new TTV Dhinakaran rebel factions, experts believe that Dhinakaran will contest from his camp while the Palaniswami-Pannerselvam faction will again field Madhusudhanan.
Although Dhinakaran has not outwardly said that he will contest as an independent or as a part of AIADMK, he has to make the decision before the elections. He may also appeal against the AIADMK if they are given the ‘two leaves’ symbol.