A DMDK candidate for the local body polls was attacked and stabbed by two persons near Erode Friday night, police said on Saturday.

Prabhakaran had gone to the area after he received a call that some persons were distributing free sarees and dhotis to people at Karattadipalayam. Two persons had pounced on him and started beating him indiscriminately. They also stabbed him, police said.

Mr. Prabhakaran, who is contesting for the L. Kallipatty panchayat president’s post, has been hospitalised, police added.

The local body polls is being held in two phases on October 17 and 19.