RK Nagar Bypoll: A day before RK Nagar byelection, the TTV Dhinakaran camp of AIADMK (Sasikala) faction in Tamil Nadu surprised all by releasing an alleged video of late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa’s last days in a hospital before she died.
Here are UPDATES on RK Nagar Bypoll devlopments:
5.40 pm: Tamil Nadu minister D Jayakumar has asked why the TTV Dhinakaran camp, which released the clip today, did not approach the panel constituted by the state government to probe the death of the AIADMK supremo with the visual material.
5.30 pm: The one-man enquiry commission headed by Justice A Arumughaswamy is probing the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation and medical treatment provided to Jayalalithaa till her demise on December 5 last year.
5.20 pm: Questioning the timing of the video, the minister repeatedly alleged that it was done with an “intention” to influence tomorrow’s RK Nagar bypoll.
5.00 pm: Sidelined AIADMK leader Dhinakaran, contesting as an independent, is taking on ruling party’s E Madhusudhanan after the RK Nagar seat fell vacant following Jayalalithaa’s death. Dhinakaran is nephew of Sasikala, who is currently lodged in a Bengaluru jail.
4.40 pm: Jayakumar also sought to know who shot the video and if there was any security “breach” since the late chief minister was under Z plus NSG security cover.
4.20 pm: “Whatever material one has in possession in connection with Jayalalithaa in this context, must only be submitted before the Commission which the government had constituted,” TN minister Jayakumar said.
4.00 pm: AIADMK faction has demanded legal action against the Dhinakaran camp for the video, saying it amounted to poll code violation.
3.44 pm: A day before RK Nagar byelection, the TTV Dhinakaran camp of AIADMK (Sasikala) faction in Tamil Nadu surprised all by releasing an alleged video of late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa’s last days in a hospital before she died.
3.35 pm: Election Commission has said that releasing the video is violation of modal code of conduct by TTV Dhinakaran camp. As per EC, the release of video is alleged section 126 (b) of Representation of People Act.
3.30 pm: The authenticity of the video is, however, doubtful as the date of the video has not yet been revealed. The video of the late CM has been aired by several English as well Tamil News Channels and also gone viral on social media, triggering reactions of various.
3.25 pm: In the video, the late CM can be seen sipping some liquid while undergoing treatment in the hospital. The video was reportedly released by a supporter of TTV Dhinakaran.
3.20 pm: The Apollo hospital, where Jayalalithaa was admitted, has denied that it is an official video of the late CM. The hospital has, however, said the video could have made by one of Jayalalithaa’s kin. The video released just a day before the RK Nagar Bypoll may polarise voters in favour of Dhinakaran camp.
3.10 pm: Justice Indermeet Kaur declined to pass any order directing a CBI probe into complaints and allegations of widespread corrupt practices in connection with the bypoll.
3.00 pm: Delhi HC declines to ask Election Commission to stay RK Nagar bypoll.
2.50 pm: Visuals from the alleged video released by TTV Dhinakaran of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa:
2.40 pm: DMK Working President MK Stalin: The death of Jayalalithaa has not only been a mysterious one but after release of this video has been politicised to its lowest level.
2.20 pm: DMK Working President MK Stalin: This video will not have any impact on the RK Nagar bypoll. The death of Jayalalithaa has not only been a mysterious one but after the release of this video has been politicised to its lowest level.
2.00 pm: We are ready to face any case put on us for releasing this video. The video only shows the reality of ‘Amma’ at the hospital. False allegations were being made over health of ‘Amma’ at hospital, this video nullifies those false claims, has nothing to do with RK Nagar Bypoll: T Selvan
1.40 pm: Advisory issued by EC to TV Channels & Newspapers on video of Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospital.
1.21 pm: The video has been removed from this story on the directions of ECI. The poll panel has requested to stop any further telecast of this video that may directly/indirectly have any impact in the forthcoming elections. (Read in detail: Election Commission bans telecast of Jayalalithaa’s viral video clip, released by TTV Dhinakaran camp)
1.20 pm: ECI issues advisory to news channels: You are requested to stop any further telecast of this video that may directly/indirectly have any impact in the forthcoming elections (#RKNagarBypoll) or any discussion relating thereto adhering to MCC: EC to TV Channels & Newspapers on video of Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospital
1.15 pm: Currently, a leader from the Sasikala camp is addressing the media. He says that the video was released to clear ongoing doubts over the issue. The leader also appeals people to not to politicise the issue.
1.10 pm: Channels which have aired the video have said that its authenticity can’t be verified. The voting will take place tommorrow.
1.05 pm: READ | Read the story in detail here
01.00 pm: False that no one met Jayalalithaa in hospital, there’s video proof. We waited for days before releasing it but released it now as we were left with no option. Inquiry Commission hasn’t summoned us yet, if it does we’ll submit evidence to them:P Vetrivel, TTV Dhinakaran supporter.
12.54 pm: Model Code of Conduct is instated now, therefore we expect Election Commission to take immediate action against P Vetrivel: D Jayakumar on video of Jayalalithaa released by P Vetrivel
12.50 pm: It is with the intention of influencing #RKNagarBypoll that the video has been purposefully released. Why it was not released earlier, why one day before polls?: D Jayakumar on video of Jayalalithaa released by P Vetrivel
12.43 pm: She was CM, people should have known status of her health but they did not release this video (of Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospital) at that time, now they did so for personal gains, it violates MCC, we will complain to the Election Commission: TKS Elangovan, DMK MP
12.35 pm: An FIR has been registered against TTV Dhinakaran for allegedly releasing the video. The FIR has been registered on the directions of Election Comission of India.
12.30 pm: Amid reports of bribery, a look at the some real issues in RK Nagar: The constituency received special attention from the state government ever since Jayalalithaa was elected an MLA from here in 2015. However, the development works were slowed down after her demise. Recently, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami passed an order to construct houses for fishermen, which reportedly promised by Jayalalithaa during her 2016 election campaign.
12.26 pm: Meanwhile, a look at the candidates in RK Nagar bypoll: There are three main candidates who are fighting the election here. AIADMK (Sasikala) has fielded TTV Dhinakaran, AIADMK has fielded Madhusudhanan, while DMK has pinned hopes on Marudhu Ganesh.
12.20 pm: Meanwhile, another news report has surfaced which makes stunning claims of bribery to voters in RK Nagar. Watch: Voters bribed in RK Nagar. Election Commission takes note. Price of each vote was Rs 6000, reports CNN News 18.
12.12 pm: The Election Commission has said that releasing the video is violation of modal code of conduct.
12.10 pm: The said video is being aired on a number of news channels. The authenticity of the video is doubtful.