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Updated: March 18, 2014 10:33 IST

CPI (M) releases candidates list

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A file picture of CPI(M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan. Photo: M. Balaji.
The Hindu A file picture of CPI(M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan. Photo: M. Balaji.

Names U. Vasuki for North Chennai, S. Tamilselvi for Thanjavur

The CPI (M) on Monday announced candidates for nine Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu, including two women — U. Vasuki for North Chennai and S. Tamilselvi for Thanjavur — and two Dalit candidates.

Talking to reporters, party State secretary, G. Ramakrishnan said one of the Dalit candidates, K. Samuel Raj, is for the Virudhunagar general constituency. He is the general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF).

Another Dalit candidate, G. Anandhan will enter the fray from the Villupuram reserved constituency. He is the party’s State committee member. The party has renominated its sitting MP, P.R. Natarajan, who was elected from Coimbatore in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll.

A.V. Bellarmine will once again contest from Kanyakumari.

Mr. Bellarmine was elected from Nagercoil in 2004, before it was renamed after delimitation.

Madurai City unit secretary of the party P. Vikraman is the candidate for the Madurai constituency which elected party candidate late P. Mohan two times in the past.

S. Sridhar, the party’s Tiruchi district unit secretary, is the candidate for Tiruchi. Dindigul district secretary N. Pandi will contest from Dindigul.

Ms. Vasuki, secretariat member of the party, is the daughter of senior CPI (M) leader R. Umanath and the late Papa Umanath.

Ms. Tamilselvi is the Thanjavur district secretary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association.

Mr. Ramakrishnan ruled out the possibility of a rapprochement with the ruling party, saying the situation did not arise since the AIADMK leadership had conveyed its decision to part ways with the Left parties.

He said the Left parties could not join hands with the DMK because it was part of the Congress-led UPA and supported its neo-liberalisation policies.

Impressive List and good that you not aligning to any party.
All the very best.

from:  anoop varghese kuriappuram
Posted on: Mar 18, 2014 at 14:25 IST

I really feel sorry for these communist guys. To their credit it must be said they stand for some principles and policies. They do not deviate from them. But their days are over. Even Russia is not a communist country anymore. China remains one under the barrel of the gun and the ubiquitous tanks. Mamataji drove them out of West Bengal and Kerala is no longer a safe haven for them. Their only hold now is in Manipur. But it is understandable. For them it is a struggle for survival now. They foolishly and naively thought Jaya would save them and they learnt a bitter lesson by eating a humble pie. They could have atleast gone to Kalaignar who was ready to welcome them with open arms. But pride and false prestige stood in the way. Now they have announced their candidates to 18 LS seats. No one needs a foreteller's lens to predict what is going to happen. All of them will lose their deposits and will have enough time to lick their wounds. The only thing they would achieve is split votes.

from:  chris theodore
Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 at 19:57 IST
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