Tamil Nadu

DMK to announce candidate on Jan. 4

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Applications can be filed till January 3

The Election Commission’s decision to conduct the byelection to the Tiruvarur Assembly constituency alone for the time being, instead of holding polls in all 20 vacant constituencies at once, has offered an advantage to the DMK, as it could focus its energy on known turf.

Late DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, who had contested in many constituencies across the State during the course of his political career, chose to enter the fray in Tiruvarur — his home town — in the 2016 Assembly poll after it became a general constituency in the wake of delimitation. He won the seat with the highest margin — 68,366 votes.

Immediately after the announcement of the bypoll on Monday, the DMK leadership called on aspiring candidates to submit their applications between January 2 and 3. Each application would cost ₹25,000.

DMK president M.K. Stalin said that candidates would be interviewed on January 4, and the party’s pick would be announced the same day.

“We will evolve a strategy to win the polls. The Lok Sabha polls, slated for 2019, will bring about a great change in politics,” he told reporters.

CPI’s support

CPI State secretary R. Mutharasan said that his party would support the DMK’s candidate in the byelection.

“We have a good base in the constituency, and contested the 2016 polls as part of the People’s Welfare Front. Now, as a friendly party of the DMK, we will work for its candidate,” he said.

CPI(M) State secretary K. Balakrishnan said that the objective was to defeat the AIADMK and the BJP, adding that his party would evolve a strategy accordingly.

The AIADMK has asked candidates to submit their applications by January 3. The party will scrutinise the applications on January 4.

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