DMK announces list of candidates

BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 03:09 PM IST
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Chennai: Following is the list of candidates announced by DMK for the April 14 Lok Sabha polls:
1  Chennai North       – R Girirajan
2  Chennai South       – TKS Elangovan
3  Central Chennai     – Dayanidhi Maran
4  Sriperumbudur       – S Jegathrakshakan
5  Kanchipuram (SC)    – G Selvam
6  Arakkonam           – NR Elango
7  Krishnagiri         – P Chinna Pillappa
8  Dharmapuri          – R Thamarai Selvan
9 Tiruvannamalai      – CN Annadurai
10 Arani              – R Sivanandam
11 Villupuram (SC)    – Dr K Muthayan,
12 Kallakurichi       – R Manimaran
13 Salem              – S Umarani
14 Namakkal           – S Gandhiselvan
15 Erode               – H Pavitra Valli
16 Tiruppur           – Dr S Senthilnathan
17 Nilgiri (SC)       – A Raja BSc
18 Coimbatore         – K Ganeshkumar
19 Pollachi           – N Palanisamy
20 Dindugul           – S Gandhirajan
21 Karur              – M Chinnusamy
22 Tiruchirappally    – NMU Anbazhagan
23 Perambalur         – S Prabu
24 Cuddalore          – Dr K Nandagopalakrishnan
25 Nagapattinam (SC)  – AKS Vijayan
26 Thanjavur          – TR Baalu
27 Sivagangai         – S Durairaj
28 Madurai            – V Velusamy
29 Theni              – Pon Muthuramalingam
30 Virudhunagar       – S Rethinavelu
31 Ramanathapuram     – S Mohamed Jaleel
32 Tuticorin          – P Jegan
33 Tirunelveli        – C Devadasa Sundaram
34 Kanyakumari        – FM Rajarathinam
35 Puducherry         – AMH Nazeem

By naming candidates for all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and also the lone Puducherry constituency, DMK has clearly signalled that it has shut its doors to the Congress, its former ally, with which it snapped ties in March last year over the Tamils issue.

Now it will be imminent for Congress to fight the poll all alone, with none of the Dravidian or local outfits coming forward to forge a poll truck with it.

A spectre of 1998 Lok Sabha scene, in which Congress contested 35 seats on its own and scored a blank seems to haunt the Sonia Gandhi led party in this election.

Congress had won nine seats in 2009 when it contested 16 constituencies in alliance with DMK.

Resentment among Congress cadres across Tamil Nadu over the party’s silence in pronouncing its poll strategy has been growing, setting among them a sense of “demoralisation”.

In a clear indication of the mood of partymen, Shipping Minister G K Vasan urged the Congress High Command to take an early decision on its poll strategy for Tamil Nadu while expressing disappointment over the delay.

“The AICC has not taken any decision on Tamil Nadu as regards the general elections. Hence the party’s poll work and strategies are getting delayed,” he told reporters.

However, putting up a brave face, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said Congress would field candidates in all 40 constituencies.

“Congress can face elections alone or with allies. Parties like Janata Party, United Janata Dal fell into oblivion, but Congress is not like that. Even if there is no alliance we will field candidates in all constituencies and seek votes telling people about the party’s achievements,” he said addressing the party’s booth committee workers at Manamadurai in Madurai district yesterday.

Congress’ last-minute efforts to stitch an alliance with DMK was reportedly blocked by its senior leader M K Stalin, while actor-politician Vijaykanth-led DMDK, wooed by it, has embraced the BJP.

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