M. Balaganessin

PERAMBALUR: This election has witnessed a new trend of filing of nominations by the spouses of official candidates of major political parties. Doubly cautious seems to be the Congress nominee for Ariyalur, D. Amaramoorthy.

He has not only filed five nomination papers on his behalf but also made his wife, A. Kumudavalli to file her papers as the party's substitute candidate for the segment.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate for Jayamkondam seat, M. Ravichandran, filed his nomination on Thursday and his wife, Sumathy was the AIADMK dummy candidate.

The list of prospective candidates who have fielded their "better-half" as substitutes does not end here. Latha Priya, wife of the AIADMK's official nominee M. Sundaram, filed the papers for the Perambalur (reserved) Assembly segment.

In Varahur (reserved), three substitutes - all spouses of the official candidates have filed their papers.

They are: C. Vanitha, wife of AIADMK candidate Chandrakasi; Maheshwari, wife of the PMK candidate Gopi alias Gopalakrishnan and Deivamani, wife of DMDK candidate, Ganapathy.

The `substitute' culture has not spared even independents. The leader of the banned Tamil Nadu Liberation Army, Suba. Ilavarasan, along with his wife, Kaviarasi Ilavarasan filed papers for Jayamkondam.