The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) will contest the Pudukottai by-election, party leader Vijayakant said on Friday.

“We have decided to contest in the by-poll. But I need some time to finalise the party candidate as several persons have applied,” he told The Hindu.

Mr. Vijayakant said his party would have supported the CPI candidate if the party, which had won the seat in the 2011 Assembly elections, had entered the fray.

The actor-turned-politician said his party took the plunge in the Sankarankoil Assembly by-election because Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had challenged him to face the election in the constituency.

“I am not afraid of a challenge. It was the AIADMK that boycotted by-polls to five Assembly constituencies in 2009. You should also keep in mind that the AIADMK could not retain its deposit in the Pennagaram by-election.”

He argued that in all by-elections, his party had managed to retain its vote share.

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