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DMK announces candidates list
March 30, 2006 22:53 IST
Giving prominence to party stalwarts and featuring new faces, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Thursday announced a list of 129 candidates for the May 8 Assembly polls.
Twenty-three party members of the outgoing Assembly have been re-nominated by the party but five sitting MLAs have been denied ticket.
Two of the sitting MLAs, said to be close to the party's youth wing leader M K Stalin -- M Asokhan and Bharanikumar--are among those dropped.
Party president M Karunanidhi is contesting for the 11th time. Karunanidhi, who has not tasted defeat since 1957, will contest from Chepauk in Central Chennai.
His son M K Stalin is seeking re-election from Thousand Lights, while party general secretary K Anbazhagan and treasurer N Veerasamy are contesting from Chennai Harbour and Anna Nagar constituencies respectively.
Party old guards Veerapandi S Arumugam and Ko Si Mani have been fielded from Salem-Two and Kumbakonam respectively.
Dr Poongothai, daughter of the slain DMK leader Aladi Aruna, has been nominated for Alankulam seat.
The list contains 13 women and four Muslims. Seventy-seven candidates are either post graduates or graduates, some of them even engineering degree holders.
Actor Napoleon has been shifted from Villivakkam to Mylapore to take on ruling AIADMK's S V Sekar, a popular comedian. Former professor of economics of
The Madras University M Naganathan, who is making his electoral debut, is the party's nominee for Triplicane seat.
Former MPs A T K Jayaseelan, P Selvendran, N Selvaraj and V P Doraisamy and former speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly P T R Palanivelrajan have been given tickets.
Releasing the list, Karunanidhi said the Democratic Progressive Alliance's poll campaign would be launched at a public meeting in Chennai on April 5.