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Updated: February 25, 2014 02:35 IST

AIADMK fields three sitting MPs, 8 ex-MLAs

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Jayakumar’s son among many new faces in the list

Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Monday released the list of party candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, retaining three sitting MPs — M. Thambidurai (Karur), Dr. P. Venugopal (Tiruvallur) and P. Kumar (Tiruchi), rehabilitating a couple of candidates and introducing many new faces with good academic background.

The sitting MPs who could not get re-nomination are C. Rajendran (South Chennai), S. Semmalai (Salem), C. Sivasami (Tirupur), K. Sugumar (Pollachi), O.S. Manian (Mayiladuthurai) and K. Anandan (Villupuram)

Four among the contestants are doctors and 15 are lawyers. The list also has a substantial number of postgraduates, some of whom are also lawyers.

The four women candidates are: Maragatham Kumaravel (Kancheepuram); R Vanaroja (Tiruvannamalai); V. Sathyabhama (Tirupur) and Vasanthi Murugesan (Tenkasi). Ms Vasanthi is the wife of former AIADMK MP, Murugesan, elected from Tenkasi twice.

The Chief Minister has introduced new candidates for all the three constituencies in Chennai. Former Speaker D. Jayakumar's son J. Jayavardhan, who is doing MD (general medicine) at Sri Ramachandra University here, has been fielded from South Chennai. T. G. Venkatesh Babu, TIDCO chairman, is the candidate for North Chennai and the party's student wing secretary S. R. Vijayakumar for Central Chennai.

Another well-known face in the list is former Minister and the party’s minority wing secretary A. Anwar Raja. Besides, seven former MLAs have been given tickets.

P. R. Sundaram, who functioned as the AIADMK’s floor leader in the Assembly for a short spell, will contest from Namakkal.

He is one among four AIADMK candidates who won in the 1996 Assembly elections. He was re-elected in 2001.

Other former MLAs given party tickets are G. Hari, who represented Tirutani during 2006-2011; M. Chandrakasi (Varahur) and A. Arunmozhithevan (Chidambaram).

Of those holding positions in local bodies, Deputy Mayor of Madurai Corporation R. Gopalakrishnan and his namesake, C. Gopalakrishnan, chairperson of the Coonoor municipality, will contest from Madurai and The Nilgiris respectively.

For the Union Territory of Puducherry, Ms. Jayalalithaa has fielded M.V. Omalingam, a former MLA.

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it's sure to win all 40 seats,it seems.all other parties run after other
to have alliance with each other but AMMA shown the selection of
candidates is vital to gain more.

from:  p.n.ravi prakash
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 13:27 IST

AIADMK by announcing candidates for 40 seats has made it clear that in the alliance politics none can surpass Jayalalithaa. Now the communists will have to beg for seats.Eventually will have to accept whatever she gives. Secondly,AIADMK has also sent a message to all parties in Tamil Nadu, that the AIADMK is well - ahead of all other parties in the race for power. Thirdly, though AIADMK has announced all names, true to its tradition, one can expect few “drop out” just before the actual nomination. Fourthly, poll analysts are wondering why Jayalalithaa has not announced her name? What is the need to keep her nomination/constituency as a Secret? There must a real reason, as the days nearer we may come to know about this. What will be the outcome? A missed result. No doubt, AIADMK will reap a rich harvest.

from:  R. Bhakther solomon
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 11:18 IST

AIADMK has come out with its first list of candidates for all the 40 seats over looking the claims of communists to few seats. Of course once the communists seats are identified,the AIADMK candidates will withdraw from there. But then its clearly shows:.First AIDMK does not care much about alliance. Secondly, this list is likely to be changed depending upon the local outbursts and other needs. Thirdly the AIADMK leader wants to show to the voters that the party is ahead of all its rivals in the state in matters of strategy and election planning. AMMA"s name is not in the list. What does it mean? Dr. Jayalalithaa must have a plan which she would reveal in the last minute. What will be outcome of the election? AIADMK can hopefully get a minimum of 22 seats, followed by 9- 11 seats to DMK and other parties/ splinter groups can follow the principle of each one get one.

from:  R. Bhakther Solomon
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 06:16 IST
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