AIADMK virtually goes it alone, candidates named in 227 seats

AIADMK virtually goes it alone, candidates named in 227 seats - Sakshi Post

Chennai: Virtually going it alone for the May 16 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday named candidates for 227 seats of the total 234 while leaving only seven seats for smaller allies. Jayalalithaa also announced that she would be seeking re-election from RK Nagar here.

Sixteen of her Cabinet colleagues were re-nominated while she denied seat to 10 others including Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare S Sundararaj who was recently in the eye of a storm over his inspection of a girl's hostel at night.

A majority of the 149 sitting MLAs have not been renominated. She has given opportunity to party functionaries from all levels of party hierarchy, and various wings, newcomers from DMDK and PMK, besides former elected representatives.

32 women have been given tickets, including two sitting women Ministers Gokula Indira and Valarmathi.

Other sitting Ministers who have got renominated are her loyalist, O Panneerselvam, Natham R Viswanathan, R Vaithilingam, and Edapadi Palanisamy, Thoppu Venkatachalam, Sellur Raju, Thangamani, SP Velumani, R Kamaraj, KT Rajendhra Balaji, MC Sampath, RB Udayakumar, KC Veeramani, and C Vijayabaskar .

Former Ministers, who had held office and were later sacked like K A Sengottaiyan, S V Shanmugam, V Senthil Balaji, and KP Munusamy, have been given tickets.

Several professionals, including doctors, and advocates figure in the list.

Other prominent faces include Deputy Mayor of Chennai Benjamin, former Director General of Police R Natraj, now an AIADMK member. Among the sitting MLAs who have got tickets are D Jayakumar (former Speaker), JCD Prabhakar and Neelakandan.

Rebel MLAs of DMDK and PMK, K Pandiarajan and M Kalai Arasu respectively have been given tickets. Panruti Ramachandran, a veteran politician who reverted to AIADMK after a stint in DMDK has got a ticket.

Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal, and P Vetrivel who vacated his seat for Jayalalithaa to enable her to contest in RK Nagar last year, have been named in the list.

Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, a former Minister belonging to the DMK and who switched loyalty to AIADMK in 2013, will seek his fortune as a ruling party nominee.

The announcement has also belied expectations of the former Union Minister GK Vasan-led TMC that it would be accommodated in the ruling AIADMK-led front.


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