Stalin to contest in Thiruvarur by-poll, AIADMK starts process to pick candidate :
Many senior party leaders are urging DMK president M K Stalin to contest in Thiruvarur, where a byelection is scheduled for January 28.
Thiruvarur was last represented by his father and DMK leader M Karunanidhi, who won by a margin of over 68,000 votes. The leaders who are batting for Stalin include principle secretary TR Baalu and DMK whip in the assembly R Chakrapani.
The DMK leaders met him on Tuesday morning and had another meeting with him at his Alwarpet bungalow in the evening. A senior leader said though no decision was taken, they would meet Stalin again on Wednesday to place their request that he should enter the fray from Thiruvarur.
Thiruvarur DMK District Secretary Poondi K Kalaivanan said that Stalin deciding to contest from the constituency would be a welcome move. “Thiruvarur has always been seen as a star constituency with Kalaignar himself having contested from here.”
Meanwhile, the ruling AIADMK has said party cadres who are willing to contest in Tiruvarur can get the application forms on 2 and 3 January after paying Rs 25,000. The forms will be shortlisted on 4 January, the party said.
Similarly, DMK has announced that the interview for the selection of the candidate for the Tiruvarur constituency will be held on 4 January at 5 pm at Anna Arivalayam.
By-election to the Tiruvarur Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu will be held on January 28, the Election Commission said on Monday. However, the poll panel remained silent on disqualification of lawmakers associated with expelled AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran.
The date of polling would be January 28, Monday. Candidates would have to file their nominations by January 10, Thursday. Counting of votes would take place on January 31, Thursday.