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RK Nagar Returning Officer Replaced Days After Vishal Nomination Controversy

Velusamy has been replaced by IAS officer Praveen P Nair. Opposition parties, including DMK, had demanded that Velusamy be replaced.

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Updated:December 9, 2017, 8:50 PM IST
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RK Nagar Returning Officer Replaced Days After Vishal Nomination Controversy
Actor Vishal's nomination papers as an independent candidate for the R K Nagar bypolls were rejected. (Image: News18)
Chennai: Days after controversy broke out over the rejection of nomination papers of Tamil actor Vishal Krishna and Jayalalithaa's niece J Deepa, the Returning Officer of R K Nagar constituency, K Velusamy, was transferred on Saturday.

Velusamy has been replaced by IAS officer Praveen P Nair. According to a communique from the Election Commission to the Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu, Rajesh Lakhoni, the Election Commission of India approved the name of Nair based on the recommendation of the CEO.

Opposition parties, including DMK, had demanded replacement of Velusamy, a state government offcial.
Nair, presently managing director of the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women, had helmed the RK Nagar poll process as returning officer during March, April this year. However, the bypoll was cancelled in April due to allegations of bribing voters.

Incidentally, Nair had replaced another state official Padmaja Devi in March after DMK demanded her replacement.

AIADMK’s E Madusudhanan, DMK’s N Maruthuganesh and sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran, besides some independents are in the fray for the December 21 bypoll, necessitated due to the death of J Jayalalithaa, who represented the assembly segment, in December last.

(with PTI inputs)

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