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Other parts of the country where assembly by-elections will be held on December 21 include Sikandra in Uttar Pradesh, Sabang in West Bengal, and Pakke-Kasang and Likabali in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Friday announced journalist-turned-politician N Marudhu Ganesh as its candidate for the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar (RK Nagar) Assembly constituency bypoll, which is scheduled to be held on December 21. Scrutiny will take place on December 5 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is December 7.

On December 5 past year, AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa died and shortly after that the party split into two factions.

However, it was subsequently canceled by the Election Commission (EC) over allegations of bribing voters.

Sources said the party had made a decision to contest this election and the party's top brass in Delhi would be announcing the candidate within a few days.

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The Income Tax Department had said that the V K Sasikala camp, which was fighting in RK Nagar in the bypoll under the name AIADMK (Amma), had paid close to Rs 90 crore to voters to buy support for its candidate T T V Dinakaran.

Meanwhile buoyed by the EC ruling of "Two Leaves" symbol in their favour, the AIADMK legislative committee is expected to meet tomorrow at the party headquarters.

Just after the announcement, VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan and MMK leader M H Jawahirullah announced their support to the DMK candidate.

The faction headed by the then rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam had fielded senior leader E Madusudanan and the BJP named veteran Tamil film music director Gangai Amaran as its candidate. It has to be seen whether she would contest this time.