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Rangasamy files papers for Thattanchavady seat

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PRAYERS FIRST: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy seeking election from Thattanchavady proceeding to file nomination after worshipping at Draupadi Amman Temple in Pondicherry on Thursday. Photo: T. Singaravelou
PRAYERS FIRST: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy seeking election from Thattanchavady proceeding to file nomination after worshipping at Draupadi Amman Temple in Pondicherry on Thursday. Photo: T. Singaravelou

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Seeks re-election from the constituency for fourth time

PONDICHERRY: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy filed papers for the Thattanchavady seat in Pondicherry on the last day of filing of nominations on Thursday. He is seeking re-election from the constituency for the fourth time in succession. He was accompanied by a large number of party men. Earlier he visited an Amman temple in his constituency.

Mr. Rangasamy first emerged victorious from Thattanchavady in 1991. He retained the seat in the polls held in 1996 and 2001.

A number of candidates, including Independents, have filed their papers in Pondicherry and Karaikal on Thursday. These two regions have 27 constituencies and are going to polls in the second phase on May 8.

Scrutiny of nominations will be held on Friday while the last date for withdrawal is April 24.

The first phase of polls will be held in the Mahe and Yanam regions on May 3.

Procession

The supporters of Mr. Rangasamy, who came in a procession broke the police cordon and came till the main entrance of the Labour Department office where he filed his nominations.

According to the Election Commission norms the procession should stop100 meters away from the premises where the candidates file the nomination.

The Chief Minister himself had to intervene to disperse the crowd from the entrance.

The Chief Electoral Officer, S. Kumarasamy, said they would review the video footage.

If there were any violation in implementing the guidelines action would be taken, he said.

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