DMK’s alliance partners announce names of candidates

Hours after DMK president M K Stalin announced the names of constituencies to be contested by his party and its alliance partners in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the DMK’s alliance partners CPI(M), CPI and IUML named their candidates.

IUML, which has been given the Ramanathapuram seat, announced K Nawaz Ghani as its candidate. CPI has named former MP Selvarasu as its Nagapattinam candidate and veteran leader K Subbarayan as its Tirupur contestant.

The CPI(M) has fielded former Lok Sabha MP P R Natarajan in Coimbatore consituency, which he represented in the 15th Lok Sabha, while Sahitya Akademi Award winner and Tamil writer S Venkatesan would contest in the Madurai constituency.

“Natarajan has been associated with the party since 1968 and has held various positions. The two candidates would be raising issues of Tamil Nadu in Parliament once elected,” CPI(M) state secretary K Balakrishnan told reporters.

The DMK recently completed the seat-sharing exercise with its allies for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, cumulatively allotting its partners 20 of the 40 Parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The DMK will field candidates in 20 seats.

In the final tally, the Congress has got the lion’s share of 10 seats, including the lone Puducherry seat. The DMK has allotted two seats each to the CPI, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and the CPI(M). The other allies – MDMK (also gets a RS berth), IUML, Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi and Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi – get one seat each.

The KMDK and IJK have agreed to contest on the DMK’s ‘Rising Sun’ symbol. Announcing the sealing of alliances, Stalin told journalists that it would be up to the MDMK and VCK to decide on its request to field candidates on its symbol.