Byelection in Karthikeyan’s Aruvikkara on June 27

Tuesday, May 26, 2015,22:20 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Chennai | Byelections to fill up seats which had fallen vacant  in five states, including Aruvikkara in Kerala and Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar in Tamil Nadu will be held on June, 27,  Election Commission of India announced today. The Aruvikkara constituency fell vacant due to the death of former speaker of Kerala assembly G. Karthikeyan. Congress is expected to field his widow Dr M T Sulekha for the byelection.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was recently acquitted in the disproportionate case against her  is expected to contest.the bye-election from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in North Chennai.
The byelections will also be held in Mehalaya (Chokpot), Pratapgrah and (Surma in Tripura State and Madhya Pradesh (Garoth). The notification will be on June 3. The  last date for filing nominations will be June 10, the scrutiny will be on June, 11 and the date of withdrawal of nominations will be June 13, 2015.The counting pf votes will be  on June 30.
The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect. Following her acquittal on her appeal against the conviction in the assets case, Ms, Jayalalithaa, who was earlier disqualified as an MLA, should get elected again to the assembly.
The Representation of  People Act, 1951 does not bar or enable someone to become Chief Minister or Prime Minister. It is provided for in the Constitution. Normally, a non-member can be Chief Minister for a maximum of six months.
AIADMK MLA A P Vetrival representing Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar had resigned the seat recently paving way for Ms Jayalalithaa  to contest the seat and become an elected member of the assembly.