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EC Set to Cancel RK Nagar Bypolls After Probe on Cash for Votes

Hours after CNN-News18 exposed attempts by netas to bribe voters in R K Nagar, a seat J Jayalalithaa held, sources say that the poll panel is likely to cancel the voting.

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Updated:April 9, 2017, 11:44 PM IST
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Chennai: Hours after CNN-News18 exposed attempts by netas to bribe voters in R K Nagar, a seat J Jayalalithaa held, sources say that the poll panel is likely to cancel the voting.

After several rounds of meeting with election officials of the state, the poll panel is learnt to have made up its mind on cancelling the bypoll.

However, no request has yet been made to the state governor to rescind the bypoll.

Sleuths of the Income Tax Investigation wing conducted searches in properties and offices belonging to Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar on Friday across Tamil Nadu.

The searches on premises of an associate of Vijayabaskar has revealed routing of Rs 89 crore for "distribution to voters" in R K Nagar Assembly constituency which goes to poll on April 12.

CNN-News18 went undercover to speak to the voters who said they have received Rs 4,000 per vote from the ‘hat symbol people’ and a few alleged the DMK, too, was distributing money.

Another section of voters is upset at having missed out, so they skipped work on Sunday, waiting at home for netas with cash to come calling.

The R K Nagar seat fell vacant after the death of the late CM J Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.

(With inputs from PTI)

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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