Kannal Achuthan

Several old-timers are not seeking re-election

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation Council, which will be elected through the polls slated for October 13, is likely to be dominated by first-timers.

Most of the parties have nominated new candidates. Several councillors, who figured prominently in council proceedings over the past decade since the elected council was restored in 1996, have not filed nominations.

Deputy Mayor R. Thiagarajan, DMK floor leader C. V. Malayan, AIADMK floor leader V. Sukumar Babu, former Congress floor leader R. Mano, DMK whip P. V. Kalayanasundaram, Town Planning Committee chairman P. Vetrivel, DMK councillors A. K. Jagadeesan and Pulianthope Zonal Chairman Pratap Kumar are among several others who are not seeking re-election.

A flood of nominations hit the Corporation zonal offices on Wednesday, as candidates scrambled to register before the closing time of 3 p.m. Party supporters jostled for space outside the offices to express their allegiance. Of the 1,947 nominations received for the Chennai Corporation Council elections, 1,710 nominations were filed on Wednesday.

Many AIADMK and DMK candidates were accompanied by small processions of party members to the Corporation offices.

In Mylapore Zonal Office, a DMDK candidate even arrived on a horse cart to file his nomination. By afternoon, the Anna Nagar Zonal Office plunged into darkness following a power cut. The electoral registration officers then carried out the filing of nominations by candlelight.

All parties except the Congress have released their final lists of candidates by noon on Wednesday. Confusion reigned among Congress candidates, who finally decided to file their nominations despite the lack of a list.

Some of them would have to withdraw their nominations after the party releases the official list. September 30 is the last date for withdrawal.

The nominations will be scrutinised on Thursday.