The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), which does not have the numbers to elect its candidate to the Rajya Sabha, met the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) leader B.S. Gnanadesikan and sought the support of Congress MLAs.
The Congress has five members in the Assembly. The DMDK has already approached the Congress high-command in Delhi for support and on Tuesday they submitted a formal letter to Mr. Gnanadesikan. The DMDK has nominated its treasurer A.R. Elangovan.
“I immediately forwarded the letter and informed Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik, AICC general secretary in-charge-of party affairs in Tamil Nadu,” Mr Gnanadesikan told The Hindu .
The DMDK has 29 members, but seven of them may back the AIADMK as they have switched their loyalty to the ruling party.
The DMK has nominated Ms. Kanimozhi and the DMK leadership has also approached the Congress leaders for support. The DMK has 23 members.
Meanwhile, D. Raja, the CPI candidate, called on leaders of the two-member Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK). “I also spoke to Puthiya Tamizhagam leader K. Krishnasamy and Forward Bloc member P.V. Kathiravan,” Mr. Raja said.
Though Mr. Raja and four other AIADMK candidates have adequate numbers to get into the Rajya Sabha, Mr Raja said political courtesy demanded that he called on these leaders.
On Tuesday, the nomination papers of all the eight candidates put up by political parties were accepted after scrutiny.