The AIADMK on Wednesday announced that former MLA, K.S. Thennarasu, will be its candidate for the upcoming by-election to Erode (East) Assembly constituency.
The announcement was made after the inauguration of the party’s election office on Perundurai Road in Erode, during which former Ministers K.A. Sengottaiyan, P. Thangamani, S.P. Velumani, K.P. Munusamy and others, as well as several MLAs were present.
Mr. Thennarasu, 65, was elected as MLA from the Erode Assembly constituency in 2001 (before delimitation) and from Erode (East) Assembly constituency in 2011. He is also the secretary of the AIADMK Erode Urban District M.G.R. Mandram and secretary of the Erode (East) Assembly constituency from 2011.
Party sources said Mr. Thennarasu is running a screen printing business and has been in the party for a long time. He is also the secretary of the Erode District Loadmen Association and has served in various positions in trade associations, printing processing associations and petroleum dealers associations.
Congress, an ally of the ruling DMK, has nominated former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief, E.V.K.S. Elangovan for the seat. Three smaller parties — the AMMK, NTK and the DMDK — have also named their candidates.
The bypoll, necessitated by the death of Mr. Elangovan’s son, former MLA E. Thirumahan Everaa, is scheduled for February 27.