V.S. Palaniappan & M. Gunasekaran
Coimbatore/Tirupur: Filing of nominations for the Assembly elections in 15 Assembly segments in the district picked up momentum on the second day on Saturday with nominees of major political parties submitting their nomination papers.
The notable nominations filed with the returning officers on Saturday at the Coimbatore Collectorate, Revenue Divisional Officers at Coimbatore, Tirupur and Dharapuram and Assistant Returning Officers at Pollachi included those of M. Kannappan of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) for the Thondamuthur assembly segment, Animal Husbandry Minister and Pongalur sitting MLA, P.V. Damodaran of All Indian Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) for Pongalur, Karumuthu Thiagarajan of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for Coimbatore West, Pon Karthikeyan of Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) for Pongalur and V. Krishnan of All India Forward Block (AIFB) for Thondamuthur. D. Shanti Devi of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for Pollachi, and MDMK's labour Wing (Marumalarchi Labour Front) Leader, S. Duraisamy for Tirupur filed their nominations at Pollachi and Tirupur respectively.
M. Ranganayaki of AIADMK and a dummy candidate filed their nomination with the Revenue Divisional Officer for Dharapuram.
Of the total of 13 nominations, there were four dummy nominations by all the major political party candidates (alternative candidates for candidates of major political parties such as DMK, MDMK and AIADMK). There were two nominations from independent candidates for Tirupur on Saturday.
On the first day on Thursday, there were a total of five nominations of which three were from BJP, AIFB and Bharatiya Makkal Dravida Katchi (BMDK) while two others were from independent candidates.
Elaborate security arrangements by the City Police to enforce restrictions imposed by the Election Commission yielded rich dividends with the authorities being able to ensure that only three vehicles per candidate entered the collectorate premises besides six persons per candidate into the Returning Officer's chamber.
The police at various places near the collectorate restricted processions by party cadres and a long convoy of vehicles that used to be the normal practice for filing nominations earlier.
Traffic was briefly thrown out of gear on Avanashi Road when the AIADMK and MDMK nominees chose to garland the statue of Anna and MGR before filing in their papers.
Police are gearing up for Monday when more candidates of major political parties are expected to turn up.
With Tuesday being considered an inauspicious day, there would be more nominations again on Wednesday, poll officials opined. The General Secretary of the Marumalarchi Labour Front and senior MDMK leader, S. Duraisamy, filed his nomination papers for the Tirupur Assembly constituency on Saturday.
He submitted four sets of nomination papers to V. Kandhavel, Revenue Divisional Officer, Tirupur at his office.
S. Sivabalan, Town Secretary of the MDMK filed nominations as a dummy candidate. And two other independents A. Lingasamy and R. Azhagappan also filed nominations.
D. Shanthi Devi of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was the first person to file nominations for the Pollachi Assembly Constituency. She submitted her nominations to Pollachi Tahsildar A. Sivanesan.
Her husband K. Dharmaraj filed nominations as a dummy candidate. Following strict restrictions by the Election Commission, filing of nominations has become a low-key affair. There were no huge processions and folk dances.
A. Sashikumar (35) of Thiruvanmiyur near Chennai filed his nomination papers here on Saturday as an independent candidate for the Udhagamandalam constituency.
So far, he is the only one to have filed nomination papers in the Nilgiris district, according to official sources.