India - Results of RK Nagar by-election: TTV Dhinakaran surpasses 50% of the vote

No one would have given the independent candidate T T V Dhinakaran a chance against E Madhusudhanan of the ruling AIADMK before the campaign started. The result of the by-election for Chennai's RK Nagar assembly constituency, which fell vacant after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa last December, is a crushing victory for Dhinakaran, who splited from the AIADMK. After the initial rounds of counting, Mr Dhinakaran, said: "We are the real AIADMK. People of RK Nagar have voted Amma's successor." RK Nagar constituency was held on December 21, and saw a record 77 per cent turnout in the by-election and the result can mean a shift in the balance of power in detriment of AIADMK.