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Sitting PMK MLA files as Independent; senior officials supervise security arrangements

SALEM: The Salem -I Congress candidate M. R. Suresh filed his nomination papers here on Saturday.

Suresh, the 34- year-old youth and a textile businessman from Salem, filed his nomination papers along with necessary documents concerning with property details before the Returning Officer and Salem Corporation Commissioner A. M. Selvam.

Before filing, he came in a procession in which hundreds of Congress and alliance cadres took part, including his family members, and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's urban secretary Subashu.

The Bharthiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for Salem-I Annadurai, accompanied by its State Secretary Umaraj and district General Secretary P. S. Rajendran also filed his nomination papers.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) candidate K. Kandasamy also filed his nomination papers for the Mettur Assembly segment before the Returning Officer Amirthajyothi. Two more candidates, an Independent K. R. Anbazhagan and AIADMK dummy candidate P. Senkottaiyan also filed papers. In Namakkal district, the AIADMK candidate for Rasipuram constituency Sundaram also filed his papers on Saturday.

On the first day of filing nominations on Thursday, two Independents, Shahjahan and G. Ganesan, with necessary affidavits filed papers before Mr. Selvam.

Mr. Shahjahan contested in the last Parliament polls too as an Independent.

The sitting Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) MLA A. Govindan also filed papers as an Independent in Taramangalam Assembly segment. The PMK had denied him ticket this time.

Protest

Hence to show his protest, Mr. Perumal preferred to contest as an Independent.

Another Independent K. Padmarajan filed his papers in Mettur Assembly constituency.

This 54- year-old man, a native of Attur used to file papers against national and State leaders.

He had been contesting as an Independent for the 75th occasion in elections. This time he preferred to contest from Mettur.

Last date April 20

Police strengthened their forces in and around the offices of Returning Officers in the district where the nominations were being filed till April 20.

To monitor the movement of the candidates and to enforce the Election Commission's regulations, the police had reinforced their forces with more policemen.

A team of senior officials in the city also supervised the security arrangements in these places on Saturday.

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