DMDK candidate files papers for Rajya Sabha elections

Communist Party of India national secretary D. Raja, who on Monday filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha election, praised the AIADMK for its measures to develop the economy of the State, defend the rights of Tamil Nadu and protect the interest of fishermen and Sri Lankan Tamils.

“I really appreciate all these measures of the State government and will continue to support these measures… my party will continue to raise these issues [both] in and outside the Parliament,” said Mr. Raja, who with the support extended by AIADMK is assured of his re-election.

He also expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for the “unambiguous total support extended to my party, my candidature,” and to CPM and other democratic movements supporting him and the CPI.

Mr. Raja said he met the Chief Minister along with party leaders and she was quite happy and welcomed them. He said that he would win the election as “we have the goodwill of the people of Tamil Nadu.” Asked whether the alliance would continue for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he said: “The question is not relevant today. The developments will show what you want to know.”

In the nomination, Mr. Raja declared moveable assets totalling Rs.3.29 lakh in his name, while his wife and daughter have Rs.58,621 and Rs.23.08 lakh respectively. They own no immoveable assets.

The last day for filing nominations for the Rajya Sabha elections also saw Desiya Murupokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) candidate A.R. Elangovan filing papers. He told presspersons that his party had 29 MLAs in the Assembly and would get the required support from other parties. For victory, a candidate should get 34 votes.

According to his declaration, Mr. Elangovan has Rs.21.48 lakh moveable assets while those in his wife’s name total Rs.8.07 lakh.

Together, they have immoveable assets valued at Rs. 25.21 lakh.

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