Jayalalithaa Files Nomination Papers from RK Nagar

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, accompanied by close aide Sasikala, files nomination for the June 27 bypoll. 

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. (Photo: Reuters)

Making her way past hundreds of supporters, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday filed her nomination papers for the June 27 bypoll to the Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency.

Major opposition parties are boycotting the election but CPI with the support of CPI(M) has decided to contest. NDA constituents BJP and DMDK are yet to decide

Jayalalithaa, accompanied by close aide Sasikala, filed her nomination at the Corporation Zonal office in Chennai. The entire route beginning from her residence was decorated as AIADMK members waved the party flag and greeted Amma.

Having been acquitted in a disproportionate assets (DA) case, Jayalalithaa returned as Chief Minister of the state for the fifth time last month.

P Vetrivel of AIADMK had quit as MLA of RK Nagar on May 17, paving the way for Jayalalithaa to contest from a city constituency. She will return to the 234-member state Assembly in which her party enjoys a strong majority.

This is the first time Jayalalithaa is contesting for the Assembly from any constituency in Chennai.

In the 2011 elections, she had won from her native town of Srirangam, but had to vacate it following her conviction in the DA case. She was however acquitted of all charges by Karnataka High Court on May 11.

(With inputs from PTI)

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