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The ruling AIADMK cried foul and asked the poll panel to stop the telecast of the clip that showed Jayalalithaa drinking something from a plastic container, apparently while watching television. The ruling party contended that the video was released with a "motive" before the high-stakes by-election in the R.K. Nagar Assembly constituency on Thursday and said a case should be filed against those responsible.
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Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar alleged that leaking the video clip was a misuse of the proximity enjoyed by the Sasikala family with the late leader, particularly during her last days at the Apollo Hospital. It was also in violation of election rules, he alleged.
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Jayakumar said the video clip, if at all, should have been presented before the judicial commission set up to inquire into the death of Jayalalitha last year. Instead it was done with the by-election in mind. Rejecting to the minister's charges, Dinakaran faction spokesperson Thangathamizhchelvan said there was no motive behind the release of the video clip which was shown to dispel allegations that the Sasikala family had a hand in her death.
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He also rejected the demand for action on the issue saying the Commission was not taking any action on the distribution of money to the tune of Rs 6,000 per voter in R.K. Nagar by the ruling AIADMK. If any action was to be taken, it should be against the bribing by the ruling AIADMK, he said. Dinakaran is contesting as an Independent in the by-election against AIADMK's Madhusudhanan, DMK's Marudhu Ganesh and BJP's Karu Nagarajan among others. Meanwhile, Returning Officer Praveen Nair told television channels to stop showing the video clip, saying it violated Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act.