Two by-elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly have fallen due following the death of two DMK legislators. K P P from Tiruvottiyur in Chennai and S Kathavarayan from Gudiyatham on Feb 27 and 28 respectively.
The Assembly Secretary has already notified that these seats have fallen vacant and informed the Election Commission of India. This means by-elections should be held for these two constituencies within six months.
As elections to the Assembly are due by May 2021, elections should be held by April next year. This means there is still one year to go for the next State elections.
Therefore, the two by-elections can be held before Aug 28 this year, when the six- month period ends.
How State Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo has said it is for the Election Commission to take a call on this in consultation with the Central and State Governments as their logistic support is required however autonomous the poll body may be.
In the last round of by-elections in October last year, AIADMK wrested Vikravnadi and Nanguneri from the DMK and the Congress respectively, reversing the downturn in its fortunes seen in the last Lok Sabha polls and 19 Assembly by-elections. The DMK front swept the Lok Sabha polls in April 2019. It also won 13 out of the 20 seats.The AIADMK won seven seats, thus securing for itself a comfortable majority in the Assembly.
The Tiruvottiyur and Gudiyatham byelections, whenever held, will not affect the fortunes of either the AIADMK the DMK.