QChennai: Record Turnout in RK Nagar Elections, and More

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<p>The ruling AIADMK has won 7 out of 11 times in the constituency in the last 40 years.</p>
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1. Over 77% Of Voters Exercise Their Franchise in RK Nagar Bypoll

The turnout of over 77 percent recorded by the Dr RK Nagar Assembly constituency on Thursday marked the all-time high for the constituency since it was formed in 1977.

The previous high was 74.59 percent in June 2015, incidentally, during a byelection. Then, former chief minister Jayalalithaa was one of the contestants and she won from the constituency for the first time.

The day’s turnout was in tune with the state’s tradition of by-elections registering heavy polling. A perusal of the data on voter turnout in the last five years reveals that ordinarily, at least 70 percent of electors cast their votes.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: RK Nagar Bypoll: Voting Ends, Final Turnout Stands at 77.68 %

2. Paper Reserved Train Tickets Can Now Be Booked Over Phone

<p>The kendras are provided with the required infrastructure and facilities that are on a par with the railway PRS counters</p>

The kendras are provided with the required infrastructure and facilities that are on a par with the railway PRS counters

(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Rail passengers who prefer to purchase paper reserved tickets at railway counters to e-tickets, can now book paper tickets over phone at Yatri Ticket Seva Kendras (YTSK), private ticket booking counters in the state.

The Yatri Ticket Seva Kendras (YTSK), is a computerised passenger reservation system (PRS)-cum-unreserved ticketing system (UTS) facility authorised by railways functioning at selected locations where railways could not provide PRS counters.

(Source: TNIE)

3. By and Large, a Peaceful Election

<p>Mobilising forces and machinery from the entire city, the police deployed 30 mobile patrolling jeeps and 39 two-wheelers for round-the-clock duty.</p>

Mobilising forces and machinery from the entire city, the police deployed 30 mobile patrolling jeeps and 39 two-wheelers for round-the-clock duty.

(Photo: Vikram Venkateswaran)

If the bypoll was relatively without incident, then much of the credit may well go to the Election Commission officials working with the Chennai Corporation and the city police.

Ahead of the campaign, history-sheeters were taken into custody or had to execute bonds assuring that they would not indulge in any unlawful activities. As and when any complaint was received from candidates on money distribution, quick action was taken, said the police.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Landlords With Hidden Rental Pacts Will Have to Pay Cess

<p>For representation.</p>

For representation.

(Photo Courtesy: Saint Paul Minnesota)

Landlords who have been shielding their rent agreements against the levy of stamp duty and registration fee, will now have to pay cess as the new Rent Act mandates the registration of lease agreements with the Registration department and Rent Authority.

Under existing legal provision of the Indian Evidence Act, Indian Registration Act and Stamp Act, rental agreements beyond a period of 12 months are required to be registered for them to be admissible as evidence in legal proceedings.

(Source: TNIE)

5. Tamilisai Hits Out at ‘Money for Votes’

<p>More cash spent this time, says PMK.</p>

More cash spent this time, says PMK.

(Photo Courtesy: Indiaglitz)

Money swindled from the people is flowing back to the people in RK Nagar, said BJP state president Tamilisai Soundarrajan.

At the airport in Coimbatore, she accused disqualified MLA P Vetrivel of releasing a video clip of Jayalalithaa with the ulterior motive of grabbing votes.

Pattali Makkal Katchi’s S Ramadoss said regardless of the winner in the RK Nagar constituency, for which by-elections were held on Thursday, democracy would suffer a defeat.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. DMK Cadre Hail 2G Case Verdict

<p>Justice has triumphed, says Stalin; jubilant scenes witnessed outside Arivalayam, Kanimozhi’s house</p>

Justice has triumphed, says Stalin; jubilant scenes witnessed outside Arivalayam, Kanimozhi’s house

(Photo: The Quint)

Scenes of jubilation outside the residences of prominent Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) office-bearers and the party office, Anna Arivalayam, marked the announcement of the 2G case verdict, a little after 10:30 am on Thursday.

Party cadre and supporters had begun to gather near DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi’s residence ahead of the verdict. As soon as her acquittal was announced, they burst crackers and distributed sweets. While the area near DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s residence in Gopalapuram wore a deserted look before the verdict, party cadre slowly started trickling in and distributing sweets to motorists and residents of the area once the verdict was announced.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Bribes, Lies & Radia Tapes: The Full Rundown on 2G Spectrum ‘Scam’

7. Judgment is Not Final: AIADMK

<p>Sufficient grounds for appeal: Minister</p>

Sufficient grounds for appeal: Minister

(Photo Courtesy: OneIndia)

Senior AIADMK leader and Minister D Jayakumar said that the verdict of the trial court in the 2G case was “not final” and that the case offered “sufficient grounds” for going on an appeal.

Another senior leader and Deputy Speaker in the Assembly Pollachi V Jayaraman too said that the verdict in the case, which was registered when the Congress-DMK alliance was in power at the Centre, should not be considered final.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Watch: Acquittal of 17 Accused in the 2G Scam Triggers a Political Battle

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