Tamil Nadu Bureau
Ramanathapuram: The Congress candidate for the Paramakudi constituency, R. Ram Prabhu, filed his nomination on Thursday.
The BJP candidate for Paramakudi, Ukkirapandian, also filed papers with the Returning Officer. On the final day for filing of nomination, 27 candidates submitted their papers for five constituencies in the district. So far, 76 candidates had given nominations, including 18 dummy candidates, for the five constituencies. These nominations will be scrutinised on Friday. Monday will be the last day for withdrawal.
Meanwhile, the Collector, K. Sellamuthu, on Thursday asked the candidates who were contesting from the five constituencies of the district to appoint booth agents immediately. He said they should hand over filled-in forms with the returning officers concerned. Candidates could appoint three agents for a booth.
The Congress candidate for Karakudi, N. Sundaram, was among the 21 candidates, who filed their nominations. R.S. Rajakannappan, DMK candidate for Ilayankudi, also filed his papers with the Returning Officer.
So far, 68 candidates filed nominations for the five constituencies in the district.
A total of 111 candidates, including 70 independents and dummy candidates, filed their nominations for the six Assembly constituencies in the district till Thursday. Among those who filed their nominations on Thursday were: K. Murugan of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Thangam Thennarasu of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for Aruppukottai; V. Thangaraj (DMK) for Sivakasi; R. Vinayagamoorthy (AIADMK) and T. Ramasamy (Communist Party of India) for Srivilliputtur; M. Chandra (AIADMK), N. Ayyanar of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) and M. Chellapandi of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for Rajapalayam.
Sattur and Srivilliputtur received the highest number of nominations as 21 candidates each filed their papers. Eighteen candidates each filed their papers for Aruppukottai, Rajapalayam and Sivakasi constituencies. Virudhunagar received the least number of nominations - 15.
Apart from the AIADMK and the DMK-led alliances, the Bharatiya Janata Party alliance, All India Forward Bloc, DMDK, Bahujan Samaj Party-alliance nominated their candidates in all the six constituencies.